SCO

A New Global So­lu­tion to In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions

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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-

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