SCO’s ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion to be deep­ened

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Page Two - By CAO YIN caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said he ex­pects deep­ened ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion within the frame­work of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion to fight crime and re­solve dis­putes more ef­fec­tively.

He made the re­marks in a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter sent to the 13th con­fer­ence of pres­i­dents of supreme courts of SCO mem­ber coun­tries, held in Bei­jing on Fri­day.

Xi said he hopes all sides will co­op­er­ate to fight crime and re­solve dis­putes more ef­fec­tively, and cre­ate a sound le­gal en­vi­ron­ment to fa­cil­i­tate con­struc­tion of Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive-re­lated projects and pro­mote re­gional de­vel­op­ment.

As an im­por­tant ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion mech­a­nism of the SCO, the con­fer­ence plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in boost­ing ex­changes on the idea and sys­tem of the rule of law and in deep­en­ing pro­gram co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields among SCO mem­ber coun­tries, he said.

Xi stressed in the let­ter that China is es­tab­lish­ing a sys­tem of so­cial­ist rule of law with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics, com­pre­hen­sively ad­vanc­ing law-based gov­er­nance and pur­su­ing co­or­di­nated progress in law-based gov­er­nance, the ex­er­cise of State power and gov­ern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The coun­try is com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing the in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment of rule of law for the na­tion, the gov­ern­ment and so­ci­ety, while com­pre­hen­sively ad­vanc­ing sound law­mak­ing, strict law en­force­ment, im­par­tial ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice and the ob­ser­vance of law by ev­ery­one, he said.

China is cre­at­ing a law­based, international and ac­com­mo­dat­ing busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment and build­ing a coun­try of so­cial­ist rule of law, he added.

At the end of the con­fer­ence, the SCO mem­ber coun­tries re­leased a joint dec­la­ra­tion, stip­u­lat­ing that they will share ex­pe­ri­ence on tech­nol­ogy ap­pli­ca­tion in courts, in­crease com­mu­ni­ca­tion on fight­ing forced con­fes­sions, avoid ev­i­dence that is ob­tained il­le­gally and im­prove train­ing of judges.

Ar­jan Ku­mar Sikri, jus­tice of the Supreme Court of In­dia, ap­plauded Xi’s let­ter, call­ing it a “good sig­nal and pos­i­tive mes­sage” to all the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries, and he said it shows that the Chi­nese lead­er­ship high­lights ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion.

Al­though laws are dif­fer­ent among the coun­tries, com­mon strate­gies and co­op­er­a­tion on some is­sues, in­clud­ing fight­ing ter­ror­ism and money laun­der­ing, should be de­vel­oped and in­ten­si­fied, he added.

Vy­ach­eslav M. Lebe­dev, chief jus­tice of the Supreme Court of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion, noted that the top courts of China and Rus­sia have un­der­taken much ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion in the past decades, which has been “both con­struc­tive and in­no­va­tive”.

Zhou Qiang, pres­i­dent of the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court of China, sug­gested that the SCO mem­ber coun­tries ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion to more as­pects while re­in­forc­ing the cur­rent achieve­ments.

He cited the Hangzhou Court of the In­ter­net in Zhe­jiang prov­ince as an ex­am­ple.

Ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion un­der­taken by top courts of China and Rus­sia in the past decades has been “both con­struc­tive and in­no­va­tive”.

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