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China Welcomes SCO Expansion, Calls for Upholding "Shanghai Spirit"
   2015-07-11 09:31:34    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Chu

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the 15th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Ufa, Russia, July 10, 2015. [Photo:Xinhua]

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This year's Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit has wrapped up in the Russian city of Ufa.

At the meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the SCO member states to uphold the "Shanghai Spirit" of common development.

He also expressed welcome over India and Pakistan joining the bloc.

CRI's Luo Wen reports.

 

In his speech to the 15th meeting of the SCO Heads of State Council, President Xi Jinping said the region faces challenges in security, stability and economic growth.

"Affected by external and internal factors, our region faces multiple difficulties and challenges in promoting stability, security and economic growth. We need to move faster and take more concrete actions to realize more progress of the organization at the new departure point."

The president called for upholding the "Shanghai Spirit" of mutual trust, mutual benefit, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development.

"We should follow the Shanghai spirit to build a community of common destiny. We should continue to observe the Shanghai spirit and other principles governing international relations championed by the SCO: uphold international equity and adjustors, promote multi-lateralism and openness, respect each other's interests, refrain from interfering in other countries' internal affairs, settle disputes by peaceful means and seek common development and prosperity with a win-win approach."

Xi Jinping also attached great importance to security in the region.

"We need to increase the action ability, create a strong security wall in the region. We need to be more proactive in political contacts and coordination, work out response measures and together defend the security as well as stability in all member states of our organization."

The president suggested the SCO enhance security cooperation with Afghanistan, help its security forces play a bigger role in the process of national reconciliation and economic reconstruction.

In regard to economic cooperation, Xi Jinping said China is willing to strengthen investment cooperation with other SCO members via the platform of the China-Eurasia Economic Cooperation Fund and the Silk Road Fund.

He urged efforts to enhance connectivity of transportation facilities and expand people-to-people exchanges between SCO member states.

Friday's meeting also witnessed a resolution being passed to start the procedures of granting India and Pakistan full membership of the SCO.

It marks the first time the group has expanded since it was set up in 2001.

Currently, the bloc now has six full members including China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

In addition, Belarus would obtain observer status, joining Afghanistan, Iran and Mongolia.

Also at the summit, the leaders signed the Ufa Declaration and an agreement on border defense cooperation.

They also approved the organization's development strategy until 2025, a 2016-2018 cooperation program on combating terrorism, separatism and extremism, and the drafting of a treaty on anti-extremism.

A consensus was reached on the peaceful settlement of international hotspot issues such as the Ukraine crisis.

A press communique on the 70th anniversary of the World Anti-Fascist War and WWII and a statement on the drugs issue were released.

The leaders also decided the 16th summit will be held in Uzbekistan's capital of Tashkent next year.

For CRI, I'm Luo Wen.

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