Qing­dao Sum­mit: Suc­cess Guar­an­teed

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“Qing­dao is called the city of sails. Hence, we are count­ing on the SCO to em­bark on a new voy­age in or­der to reach new agree­ments in a new era, de­velop new plans for the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of our or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said Am­bas­sador Ex­tra­or­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary of China to Uzbek­istan dur­ing the re­cent Tashkent pre­sen­ta­tion of the SCO sum­mit in Qing­dao.

The 18th ses­sion of the Coun­cil of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion will be held on June 9-10 in Qing­dao, Shan­dong Prov­ince, the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China. Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping will host the sum­mit and related events. Lead­ers of the SCO mem­ber states, ob­server na­tions and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions have been in­vited to the sum­mit.

The Shan­dong Prov­ince is the birth­place of Con­fu­cius and Mencu, and is one of the cra­dles of Chi­nese civ­i­liza­tion. Qing­dao is one of the first sea­side cities – avant-gardes of ex­ter­nal open­ness, and to­day oc­cu­pies a key role in the con­struc­tion of One Belt, One Road. In sum­mer, you can en­joy the beau­ti­ful scenery of the sea and sail in Qing­dao.

Jiang Yan, Am­bas­sador Ex­tra­or­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China to the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan:

- The Qing­dao Sum­mit is on the com­ing. The dy­namic China, the hos­pitable Shan­dong and the beau­ti­ful Qing­dao are ready to meet all the guests!

The forth­com­ing sum­mit will be the first one af­ter the ex­pan­sion of the SCO. That will also be another im­por­tant diplo­matic event held in China this year. Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping, the lead­ers of the re­main­ing seven mem­ber states and four ob­server coun­tries, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the UN and other in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions and as­so­ci­a­tions will jointly dis­cuss im­por­tant topics of co­op­er­a­tion.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping will host a re­cep­tion and a light show with fire­works in honor of the guests of the sum­mit, hold talks in con­tracted and ex­tended for­mats. Pro­found ex­change of views is ex­pected on the SCO’s cur­rent state and prospects for evo­lu­tion and mul­ti­fac­eted co­op­er­a­tion amid new devel­op­ments, key is­sues on the in­ter­na­tional and re­gional agenda, which will con­sol­i­date views and ac­tions, pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion of the SCO in new con­di­tions for the ben­e­fit of peace and de­vel­op­ment of the en­tire re­gion.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ning and lead­ers of the mem­ber states will sign and pub­li­cize the Qing­dao State­ment, rat­ify about ten doc­u­ments of co­op­er­a­tion in the field of se­cu­rity, in the eco­nomic and hu­man­i­tar­ian fields, in­clud­ing the Pro­gram for Im­ple­ment­ing the Pro­vi­sions of the Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neigh­bor­li­ness, Friend­ship and Co­op­er­a­tion for the Forth Five Years, the fight against the three forces of evil for the next three years.

The Qing­dao Sum­mit is sched­uled to be at­tended by the Pres­i­dents of Uzbek­istan, Rus­sia, Kaza­khstan, Kyr­gyzs­tan and Iran at the in­vi­ta­tion of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping. Bi­lat­eral meet­ings be­tween Xi Jin­ping and heads of other states are ex­pected.

At last year’s As­tana Sum­mit, China took over the chair­man­ship of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Over this year, the Chi­nese side, based on the de­vel­op­ment of the Shanghai Spirit, suc­cess­fully held a num­ber of im­por­tant meet­ings among for­eign min­is­ters, de­fense min­is­ters, sec­re­taries of na­tional se­cu­rity coun­cils, chair­men of supreme courts, min­is­ters of cul­ture, as well as about 160 events, in­clud­ing such large-scale mul­ti­lat­eral ac­tiv­i­ties, as a cul­tural fes­ti­val, a youth camp, a peo­ple’s fo­rum, a fo­rum of par­ties and a women’s fo­rum. The work un­der the Chi­nese chair­man­ship was con­sis­tent, with clear di­rec­tions, ac­quired a new and in­ter­est­ing for­mat with rich sub­stance and broad par­tic­i­pa­tion. As a re­sult, the po­lit­i­cal mu­tual trust of all par­ties has risen to a new level, progress in co­op­er­a­tion in the sphere of se­cu­rity and prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion has been achieved, new achieve­ments in hu­man­i­tar­ian re­la­tions have been se­cured, all of which laid a solid foun­da­tion for guar­an­tee­ing the suc­cess of the Qing­dao Sum­mit and served as a com­pre­hen­sive prepa­ra­tions for it.

What can we an­tic­i­pate from the sum­mit?

The first is to once again achieve unity in con­sol­i­dat­ing sol­i­dar­ity. Only ad­her­ence to the orig­i­nal goal will it make pos­si­ble to fin­ish the busi­ness. At the sum­mit, the Qing­dao State­ment is ex­pected to be signed, in which the par­ties will sum up the ex­pe­ri­ence of the SCO de­vel­op­ment over the past 17 years, will call for the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the Shanghai Spirit.

The sec­ond is to de­velop new se­cu­rity mea­sures. The pro­tec­tion of re­gional se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity is a com­mon in­ter­est of the SCO coun­tries. The fight against the three forces of evil, drug traf­fick­ing and cy­ber­crime has be­come a pri­or­ity of our co­op­er­a­tion and will be in the fo­cus of at­ten­tion of the Qing­dao Sum­mit.

The third is to af­ford a new im­pe­tus to joint de­vel­op­ment. Af­ter the ad­mis­sion of new mem­bers, the SCO has now be­come a uni­ver­sal re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tion with the largest ge­o­graph­i­cal cov­er­age and pop­u­la­tion. Its po­ten­tial and in­ter­na­tional author­ity have grown. The Qing­dao Sum­mit will evoke a loud voice of im­prov­ing global gov­er­nance and strength­en­ing the mul­ti­lat­eral trad­ing sys­tem, ad­vo­cat­ing the con­cept of in­no­va­tive, co­or­di­nated, green, open and co­op­er­a­tive de­vel­op­ment, call­ing for a more fa­vor­able ex­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment for the de­vel­op­ment of all SCO mem­ber states.

The fourth is to out­line the prospects for a com­mon home. At present, the SCO has launched a new start, has an ur­gent task of se­cur­ing re­gional sta­bil­ity and pro­mot­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. The peo­ples of our re­gion place high hopes on us, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity draws great at­ten­tion to us. Qing­dao Sum­mit will be an op­por­tu­nity for all par­ties to har­mo­nize the de­vel­op­ment strate­gies, de­liver a new en­gine for joint de­vel­op­ment, in par­tic­u­lar in the frame­work of the One Belt, One Road project in or­der to bol­ster all lev­els of re­gional eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion. We hope that the Qing­dao Sum­mit will give us a com­pre­hen­sive, clear and com­pre­hen­si­ble plan for the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the SCO.

Ab­du­jabar Ab­du­vahi­tov, Deputy Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs of Uzbek­istan:

- In its for­eign pol­icy Uzbek­istan at­taches pri­or­ity to the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Shanghai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion. Ever since its in­cep­tion, the SCO has se­cured a worthwhile place among em­i­nent, in­flu­en­tial or­ga­ni­za­tions and has be­come an ef­fec­tive fac­tor of se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment at the re­gional and global lev­els. The SCO plat­form is open for con­struc­tive di­a­logue among the par­tic­i­pant states as much as for prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion in di­verse fields. To­day, the mul­ti­fac­eted co­op­er­a­tion within the or­ga­ni­za­tion is reach­ing a new qual­i­ta­tive level, and the ties in pol­i­tics, econ­omy, cul­ture, science, ed­u­ca­tion and tourism have been steadily en­hanc­ing. In this con­text, the upcoming SCO sum­mit meet­ing in Qing­dao, China, to be held for the first time in the for­mat of eight mem­ber na­tions af­ter In­dia and Pak­istan joined it, is viewed in Uzbek­istan as an im­por­tant stage in the de­vel­op­ment of the or­ga­ni­za­tion and the con­sol­i­da­tion of its stand­ing and role in the in­ter­na­tional arena.

The agenda of the sum­mit in­cludes dis­cus­sion of im­por­tant is­sues re­lat­ing to the ac­tiv­i­ties and prospects of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, “re­vi­sion of watches” on press­ing bi­lat­eral is­sues, as well as sign­ing of doc­u­ments on the co­op­er­a­tion of par­tic­i­pat­ing states that will en­hance the in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ence of the SCO.

I would like to es­pe­cially note the suc­cess­ful work of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China dur­ing her pres­i­dency in the SCO. Dur­ing this pe­riod, more than one hun­dred events were or­ga­nized with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the heads of cor­re­spond­ing min­istries and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies of the mem­ber coun­tries cov­er­ing prac­ti­cally the en­tire spec­trum of co­op­er­a­tion ar­eas. The Uzbek side has taken ac­tive part in all these events. The Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs of Uzbek­istan – through both na­tional co­or­di­na­tors and in close con­tact with the Em­bassy of the PRC and diplo­matic mis­sions of other par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries in Tashkent – as­sists in promptly ad­dress­ing is­sues related to prepa­ra­tions for the forth­com­ing sum­mit in Qing­dao. I would like to wish the Chi­nese side a suc­cess­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion of the ses­sion.

Vinod Ku­mar, Am­bas­sador Ex­tra­or­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary of In­dia to Uzbek­istan:

- In­dia pays great at­ten­tion to the Shanghai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion. And we thank all the mem­bers for the sup­port and as­sis­tance to In­dia in join­ing the SCO. For us, the sum­mit in Qing­dao is of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance, since Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi will take part in it as In­dia’s first par­tic­i­pa­tion in an SCO sum­mit as a full-fledged mem­ber of the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Another im­por­tant point of the sum­mit meet­ing is that Prime Min­is­ter Modi will meet with the Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev. In Qing­dao, a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant doc­u­ments will be signed, both mul­ti­lat­eral and bi­lat­eral.

Re­cently, SCO ex­perts met at a ses­sion in In­dia, and we hope to in­ten­sify such meet­ings. The In­dian side reg­u­larly par­tic­i­pates in events within the frame­work of the Shanghai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion. In­dia wishes the PRC all the suc­cess in the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the sum­mit.

Ir­fan Yusuf Shami, Am­bas­sador Ex­tra­or­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary of Pak­istan:

- As a coun­try that joined the SCO re­cently, the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Pak­istan would like to con­grat­u­late the time­tested re­li­able part­ner like the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China on her suc­cess­ful chair­man­ship in the or­ga­ni­za­tion. We wish suc­cess to the Qing­dao Sum­mit. Pak­istan at­taches para­mount im­por­tance to mem­ber­ship in the or­ga­ni­za­tion, which cov­ers al­most half of the world’s pop­u­la­tion and 20% of the world’s GDP. We share deep cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal ties, as well as strong eco­nomic bonds with the na­tions of this vast re­gion. The SCO can of­fer Pak­istan huge op­por­tu­ni­ties in trade, trans­port, en­ergy, econ­omy and other spheres.

We be­lieve that eco­nomic ties are key for sta­bil­ity, sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity of the re­gion.

The SCO con­tin­ues to pro­vide us with the most pow­er­ful sup­port in the is­sues of peace, con­fi­dence build­ing and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. The SCO helps us com­bat poverty, epi­demics and cli­mate change. One Belt, One Road, the Chi­nese timely ini­tia­tive quickly trans­forms the en­tire global eco­nomic land­scape. The Sino-Pak­istani eco­nomic cor­ri­dor is one of the projects within the One Belt, One Road scheme and the con­nec­tion of Pak­istan to eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion. Pak­istan as a coun­try that knows first­hand what the fight against ter­ror­ism and ex­trem­ism is, and fully sup­ports the goals and ob­jec­tives of the SCO RATS. We fully sup­port the SCO’s ef­forts on the peace­ful set­tle­ment of the Afghan con­flict.

Vladimir Tyur­denev, Am­bas­sador Ex­tra­or­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary of Rus­sia to Uzbek­istan:

- The SCO is a good ex­am­ple of a pow­er­ful and in­flu­en­tial po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion op­er­at­ing on the prin­ci­ples of equal­ity, mu­tual re­spect and con­sid­er­a­tion of the in­ter­ests of each mem­ber. With the ac­ces­sion of In­dia and Pak­istan, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has be­come an even more sig­nif­i­cant player in the Eurasian space. The pri­or­ity for the SCO has al­ways been and re­mains to en­sure se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity on the ex­ter­nal bor­ders of the par­tic­i­pat­ing states. A surge of ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism around the world makes this task es­pe­cially ur­gent. Cop­ing with it is pos­si­ble only with hon­est and strict ob­ser­vance of in­ter­na­tional law. The fight against ter­ror­ists must be com­plex and un­com­pro­mis­ing.

Un­doubt­edly, the state of af­fairs in Afghanistan is of key im­por­tance for en­sur­ing re­gional sta­bil­ity. Rus­sia, like all the part­ners in the SCO, con­sis­tently stands for a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment of the Afghan con­flict.

Among the im­por­tant strate­gic tasks en­hanc­ing the po­ten­tial of the Shanghai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion is eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion. A study has been launched to look into is­sues of trade sim­pli­fi­ca­tion, im­prove­ment of cus­toms pro­ce­dures, and re­duc­tion of ad­min­is­tra­tive bar­ri­ers. An ef­fec­tive mech­a­nism is the SCO Busi­ness Coun­cil and the SCO In­ter­bank As­so­ci­a­tion.

Given the in­creas­ing un­cer­tainty in world pol­i­tics and econ­omy, the SCO could play an im­por­tant sta­bi­liz­ing role.

As a re­sult of talks at the sum­mit, par­tic­i­pants are ex­pected to adopt a pack­age of doc­u­ments related to co­op­er­a­tion in the fields of cus­toms, agri­cul­ture, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and tourism, in­clud­ing con­crete plans of ac­tion, which will turn the po­lit­i­cal agree­ments of all par­ties into re­sults of co­op­er­a­tion and af­ford a new im­pe­tus to com­mon de­vel­op­ment.

The SCO coun­tries are united by com­mon moun­tains and rivers; we have sim­i­lar tasks in the na­tional de­vel­op­ment. 17 years of ex­pe­ri­ence al­lowed us to re­al­ize deeply that to ad­here to good neigh­bor­li­ness and friend­ship, to jointly build a com­mon home is an in­evitable way to achieve the de­vel­op­ment and re­vival of our coun­tries.

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