Qing­dao sum­mit ush­ers in fresh era for SCO

Shanghai Daily - - OPINION - CHI­NESE VIEWS (Xin­hua)

THE 18th Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion sum­mit has in­jected fresh im­pe­tus to the build­ing of an SCO com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture and ush­ered in a new era for co­op­er­a­tion among mem­ber states.

In his speech at the sum­mit, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping of­fered his in­sights on de­vel­op­ment, se­cu­rity, co­op­er­a­tion, civ­i­liza­tion, and global gov­er­nance, en­rich­ing the Shang­hai Spirit and giv­ing the SCO new his­toric mis­sions.

Xi spoke of the need to build up strength of unity and mu­tual trust, strengthen the foun­da­tion for shared peace and se­cu­rity, build a pow­er­ful en­gine to achieve com­mon de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity, forge closer ties through cul­tural and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes, and ex­pand part­ner­ship net­works of in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion.

These pro­pos­als are in­deed in line with the na­tional con­di­tions of the mem­ber states and the in­ter­ests of their peo­ples.

The sum­mit held in east China’s port city of Qing­dao marked the first gath­er­ing of lead­ers of all eight mem­ber states since In­dia and Pak­istan were ad­mit­ted as full mem­bers last year.

At the sum­mit, mem­ber states stressed unity, co­or­di­na­tion and com­mon de­vel­op­ment.

They made “build­ing a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture for hu­man­ity” a com­mon con­cept in the Qing­dao Dec­la­ra­tion. This move demon­strated their recog­ni­tion of the Chi­nese phi­los­o­phy and firmly up­held the build­ing of an SCO com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture.

At present, the world is faced with chal­lenges such as hege­mony, power pol­i­tics, se­cu­rity threats, uni­lat­er­al­ism and trade pro­tec­tion­ism.

The SCO is con­fi­dent in ad­dress­ing the prob­lems as mem­ber states deepen part­ner­ships, pri­or­i­tize co­op­er­a­tion on se­cu­rity, fol­low the trend of eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion and re­gional in­te­gra­tion, en­hance peo­ple-to-peo­ple con­nec­tiv­ity and mu­tual learn­ing in cul­ture, and ex­pand in­ter­na­tional ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion.

In do­ing so, the SCO mem­ber states will be able to achieve last­ing sta­bil­ity and com­mon pros­per­ity.

Con­crete ini­tia­tives have been made at the two-day sum­mit, with 23 co­op­er­a­tive doc­u­ments in di­verse fields signed, more than any pre­vi­ous SCO sum­mit.

China an­nounced plans to train 2,000 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers for all par­ties in the next three years through China Na­tional In­sti­tute for SCO In­ter­na­tional Ex­change and Ju­di­cial Co­op­er­a­tion and other plat­forms, set up a 30-bil­lionyuan (US$4.7 bil­lion) equiv­a­lent spe­cial lend­ing fa­cil­ity within the frame­work of the SCO In­ter-bank Con­sor­tium, and sup­port build­ing a demon­stra­tion area in Qing­dao for China-SCO lo­cal eco­nomic and trade co­op­er­a­tion.

To­day, the SCO stands as a com­pre­hen­sive re­gional co­op­er­a­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion that cov­ers the largest area and pop­u­la­tion in the world. Its mem­ber states, namely, China, In­dia, Kaza­khstan, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Pak­istan, Rus­sia, Ta­jik­istan and Uzbek­istan, ac­count for about 20 per­cent of the global econ­omy and 40 per­cent of its pop­u­la­tion.

It has also be­come a sig­nif­i­cant or­ga­ni­za­tion in pro­mot­ing world peace and de­vel­op­ment, and safe­guard­ing fair­ness and jus­tice in the world.

Stand­ing at a new his­toric start­ing point, the SCO will make greater con­tri­bu­tions to the lofty cause of hu­man progress.

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