SCO pos­sesses great po­ten­tial in se­cu­rity, eco­nomic and hu­man­i­tar­ian fields

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Mem­ber coun­tries of the Shanghai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (SCO) have much room to strengthen their part­ner­ship in the se­cu­rity, eco­nomic and hu­man­i­tar­ian fields, a Rus­sian scholar who spe­cial­izes in the SCO said.

Igor Denisov, se­nior re­search fel­low at the Cen­ter for East Asian and SCO Stud­ies at Moscow State In­sti­tute of International Re­la­tions, made the re­marks as Premier Li Ke­qiang is at­tend­ing the 17th meeting of SCO heads of gov­ern­ment in the Ta­jik cap­i­tal of Dushanbe.

The anti-ter­ror­ist com­po­nent of the SCO has not lost its rel­e­vance. It is nec­es­sary to in­crease the ef­fec­tive­ness of the ac­tiv­ity of the Re­gional An­tiTer­ror­ist Struc­ture of the SCO and pos­si­bly ex­pand it through the in­clu­sion of anti-drug is- sues, Denisov said in a re­cent in­ter­view with Xin­hua.

In his view, co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the bor­der con­trol de­part­ments of the SCO coun­tries is ex­tremely im­por­tant as well­pro­tected bor­ders will strengthen the se­cu­rity of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. “The SCO-Afghanistan Con­tact Group, in co­op­er­a­tion with other in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized mech­a­nisms, should con­tinue its ef­forts to pro­mote na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in Afghanistan,” he said.

The so­lu­tion to the prob­lem of Afghan in­sta­bil­ity is clearly long over­due and at the mo­ment it is one of the key threats to the se­cu­rity of the SCO coun­tries, he said.

As for trade co­op­er­a­tion, Denisov said it is im­por­tant for the SCO to par­tic­i­pate more ac­tively in build­ing a fair world trade sys­tem, in which “there will be no place for uni­lat­eral ac­tions of the strong and the sub­or­di­na­tion of the weak, no place for sanc­tion wars and pro­tec­tion­ism.”

In for­mu­lat­ing the main ob­jec­tives of eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, Denisov be­lieves that all par­tic­i­pants should act in line with the com­mon in­ter­ests of the SCO.

“It is nec­es­sary to cre­ate a per­ma­nent mech­a­nism for the co­or­di­na­tion of na­tional pro­grams of sci­en­tific, tech­ni­cal and in­no­va­tive de­vel­op­ment. The same ap­proach can be used in cre­at­ing road maps for trade and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion,” he said.

Denisov said that along with large-scale projects, it is also nec­es­sary to launch smaller projects that im­prove lo­cal peo­ple’s lives, for ex­am­ple, mod­ern­iz­ing power grids and in­tro­duc­ing tech­nolo­gies for fore­cast­ing emergency sit­u­a­tions.

What’s more, the scholar said co­op­er­a­tion in the hu­man­i­tar­ian field is no less im­por­tant as the SCO groups coun­tries with dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural her­itages, and pop­u­la­tions with di­verse na­tion­al­i­ties and re­li­gions.

The SCO up­holds the Shanghai Spirit that fea­tures mu­tual trust, mu­tual ben­e­fit, equal­ity, con­sul­ta­tion, re­spect for di­verse civ­i­liza­tions and pur­suit of com­mon de­vel­op­ment.

“It is worth em­pha­siz­ing that the Shanghai Spirit it­self fully meets the task of de­vel­op­ing a global di­a­logue on the com­mon civ­i­liza­tional and hu­man­i­tar­ian prob­lems of the mod­ern world,” Denisov said.

The SCO up­holds the Shanghai Spirit that fea­tures mu­tual trust, mu­tual ben­e­fit, equal­ity, con­sul­ta­tion, re­spect for di­verse civ­i­liza­tions and pur­suit of com­mon de­vel­op­ment.

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