A New Global Solution to International Relations
states in the region consciously and responsibly implement cooperative programs in key fields of international politics, economics and culture, the value of the SCO and its prospects for future development become clear.
SCO members, observers and dialogue partners together hold rich energy, forest and fresh water resources, with three countries―russia, Iran and China―ranking in the top ten of the world in terms of resource reserves. The combined GDP of its full members accounts for 21 percent of the world’s total and their industries have great potential. In recent years, SCO member countries have paid greater attention to high-tech, innovative production and the development of the digital economy in realms like metallurgy, machinery, energy and transportation. The countries’ outputs of products such as grain, maize, sunflower seeds, potatoes, soybeans, tea and cotton also top the world.
SCO member countries have acted as one to solve global economic problems, greatly promoting their own growth. For example, the SCO supports constantly improving the international trade system to make it more open and fair and forcefully opposes any form of trade protectionism. In recent years, the SCO has taken active measures in economics to enable smoother flow of commodities, capital, services and technology within the organization as well as better alignment of different economic initiatives from member countries.
SCO member countries have adopted their own effective foreign policies and played an active role in large-scale international organizations, especially the United Nations and its agencies like the Office on Drugs and Crime and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The SCO has also carried out direct or indirect collaboration with organizations and mechanisms like the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Commonwealth of the Independent States, Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Eurasian Economic Community, BRICS, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, which has helped the SCO develop external relations and foster more opportunities to promote cooperation among international organizations and high-level exchange between countries, maintain peace and security, and enhance sustainable development.
Maintaining Peace and Security
Covering the most important geopolitical region in the world, the SCO faces almost every kind of threat and challenge including terrorism, drug trafficking, organized cybercrime and money laundering.
SCO member countries and its Regional Anti-terrorist Structure (RATS) have jointly taken active measures to fight such crime forcefully, con-