SCO high­lights cre­ative co­op­er­a­tion

China Daily - - CHINA - By MA ZHIPING in Haikou mazhip­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The 15th Meet­ing of Cul­tural Min­is­ters of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion Mem­ber States was held in Sanya, Hainan prov­ince, on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

Key dis­cus­sions fo­cused on achiev­ing more in-depth and cre­ative mul­ti­lat­eral cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion.

In a key­note speech at the gather­ing, Luo Shugang, China’s min­is­ter of cul­ture and tourism, ex­pressed the good­will of the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment and peo­ple in seek­ing to build a shared com­mu­nity with other coun­tries. He spoke highly of the cul­tural min­is­ters meet­ing mech­a­nism of SCO mem­ber states in pro­mot­ing re­gional cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing of the peo­ple.

Luo pro­posed fur­ther build­ing up the “Shang­hai spirit” through deep­en­ing cul­tural ex­changes and the co­op­er­a­tion of mem­ber states. He sug­gested de­vel­op­ing cre­ative mod­els to cre­ate cul­tural brands and sug­gested that lo­cal forces should be en­cour­aged to join in cul­tural ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion.

He said China will con­tinue to deepen ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion to en­hance un­der­stand­ing and friend­ship with SCO mem­ber states, based on prin­ci­ples of mu­tual re­spect and mu­tual ben­e­fits, to pro­vide eth­i­cal and cul­tural sup­port for the healthy and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

All par­tic­i­pants agreed that cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion be­tween SCO mem­ber states made re­mark­able progress in the past year, and re­ports pre­sented at the meet­ing about di­ver­si­fied ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion clearly showed that bi­lat­eral and mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion is grow­ing deeper and wider.

The two-day meet­ing con­cluded on Thurs­day with the is­suance of the 2018-20 Ex­ec­u­tive Plan. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives also joined in a news re­lease wel­com­ing In­dia and Pak­istan into the SCO and en­cour­ag­ing more di­rect con­tacts and prac­ti­cal ex­changes of cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions within SCO mem­ber states, as well as joint cre­ation of cul­tural prod­ucts and works.

“In­dia has a long his­tory of cul­tural ex­changes with China and other SCO mem­ber states,” said Mahesh Sharma, In­dia’s min­is­ter of cul­ture. “Join­ing the SCO has pro­vided a new plat­form, greater space and op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion.”

“Cul­ture brings peo­ple to­gether. It is a bind­ing force in the de­vel­op­ment of peace­ful co­ex­is­tence for hu­man­ity. It will be a win-win sit­u­a­tion for China and In­dia — both of which have a rich and di­ver­si­fied cul­ture — to fur­ther ex­plore and de­velop wider cul­tural ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion that could in­clude tourism, ed­u­ca­tion, sci­ence, ar­chae­ol­ogy, mu­sic, drama and even yoga.”

Vladimir Aris­tarhov, the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion’s first vice-min­is­ter of cul­ture, said at the meet­ing: “More mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion among smaller cities in SCO mem­ber states should be de­vel­oped, and more di­ver­si­fied co­op­er­a­tion pro­grams in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion, cul­tural con­tests, art fes­ti­vals and ex­changes of stu­dents should be cul­ti­vated to pro­duce cul­tural co­he­sion.”

At a wel­come din­ner on Tues­day, Shen Xiaom­ing, the gov­er­nor of Hainan, said SCO mem­ber states are im­por­tant tourist re­sources for the prov­ince, which is de­vel­op­ing an in­ter­na­tional tourism and con­sump­tion cen­ter un­der the new de­vel­op­ment strat­egy laid down by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment.

Hainan at­taches great im­por­tance to the SCO tourism mar­ket and will build more plat­forms to pro­mote cul­tural and tourism ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion with SCO mem­ber states, Shen said.

SHA XIAOFENG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Cul­tural min­is­ters of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion mem­ber states join hands at the meet­ing in Sanya, Hainan prov­ince, on Thurs­day.

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