Li calls on SCO to pro­mote mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YUE zhangyue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Premier Li Ke­qiang urged mem­ber coun­tries of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion on Fri­day to fur­ther en­hance mul­ti­lat­eral trade co­op­er­a­tion and fa­cil­i­tate trade and in­vest­ment lib­er­al­iza­tion, un­leash­ing big­ger po­ten­tial for com­mon de­vel­op­ment.

Li made the re­marks while ad­dress­ing the 17 th meet­ing of the Coun­cil of Heads of Govern­ment (Prime Min­is­ters) of the SCO in Dushanbe, the cap­i­tal of Ta­jik­istan. The meet­ing is an an­nual gath­er­ing of the bloc to ex­pand all-around co­op­er­a­tion and pro­mote sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

At a time when eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion is fac­ing twists and turns and the mul­ti­lat­eral trade sys­tem is shaken, SCO mem­ber coun­tries, as ben­e­fi­cia­ries of global trade lib­er­al­iza­tion, should con­tinue to firmly sup­port trade lib­er­al­iza­tion and a rule-based mul­ti­lat­eral trade sys­tem, Li said.

China sug­gests ac­cel­er­at­ing the start of fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies for an SCO free trade zone for closer eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, he said, adding that China is will­ing to in­crease its im­ports of agri­cul­ture prod­ucts of good qual­ity from SCO mem­ber states.

Coun­tries within the frame­work should also fur­ther en­hance se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion and re­gional co­op­er­a­tion, Li said.

In ad­di­tion, more ef­forts should be made to im­prove re­gional con­nec­tiv­ity and con­struct a re­gional cross-bor­der net­work of roads and rail­ways to fos­ter a good en­vi­ron­ment for in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity, he said.

China is will­ing to fur­ther pro­mote ca­pac­ity co­op­er­a­tion un­der the prin­ci­ple of mu­tual ben­e­fit and en­vi­ron­men­tal friend­li­ness with SCO mem­ber coun­tries in ar­eas of in­fra­struc­ture, pro­cess­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ing, en­ergy ex­ploita­tion and agri­cul­ture, Li said, adding that ca­pac­ity co­op­er­a­tion con­trib­utes to in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion and ur­ban­iza­tion. He said China will con­tinue to sup­port more of its ad­vanced equip­ment and high-qual­ity pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity go­ing over­seas.

He also called on China and SCO mem­ber coun­tries to fur­ther co­op­er­ate in in­no­va­tion, par­tic­u­larly in dig­i­tal econ­omy, smart man­u­fac­tur­ing, biotech­nol­ogy and clean en­ergy. He said China is will­ing to pro­vide train­ing and an aca­demic com­mu­ni­ca­tion plat­form for young tal­ent from SCO mem­ber coun­tries.

As China marks the 40th an­niver­sary of its re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy, Li told lead­ers at the meet­ing that, fac­ing the fu­ture, China will firmly stick to the broad di­rec­tion of re­form and openingup; deepen re­form and open up wider; and cre­ate a busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment that is fair to do­mes­tic and for­eign in­vestors alike.

China is will­ing to align its Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive with the de­vel­op­ment of SCO mem­ber coun­tries so that the or­ga­ni­za­tion can be seen as a model of open co­op­er­a­tion and shared de­vel­op­ment, Li said. All mem­ber coun­tries should work un­der the Shang­hai Spirit, the set of val­ues that un­der­pins the SCO, to fur­ther pro­mote mu­tual trust and ben­e­fits and cre­ate a bet­ter fu­ture for the or­ga­ni­za­tion, he added.

Lead­ers at the meet­ing signed a joint dec­la­ra­tion and ap­proved a num­ber of co­op­er­a­tive doc­u­ments in trade and in­vest­ment, science and tech­nol­ogy, and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

Li also met with Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev on Fri­day af­ter­noon. On Thurs­day, he met with Kazakh Prime Min­is­ter Bakytzhan Sag­in­tayev.

DING HAITAO / XIN­HUA

Premier Li Ke­qiang poses with other lead­ers on Fri­day at the 17th meet­ing of the Coun­cil of Heads of Govern­ment (Prime Min­is­ters) of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion in Dushanbe, the cap­i­tal of Ta­jik­istan. Li urged the mem­ber coun­tries to en­hance mul­ti­lat­eral trade co­op­er­a­tion.

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