Regional affairs of SCO Member States should be decided without external interference: Chinese premier
Published: Oct 27, 2023 01:09 AM
Photo: Xinhua

Photo: Xinhua

China is willing to work with all parties to effectively implement the spirit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, Chinese Premier Li Qiang made the remarks while addressing the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the SCO Member States held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Thursday.

Li said that the SCO Summit in July this year further reached the important consensus and clarified the key tasks on carrying forward the Shanghai Spirit and building a closer SCO community of shared future, according to a report from Xinhua News Agency.

Looking back at the founding aspiration of the SCO, its members were brought together to ensure that regional affairs are decided by regional countries through consultation, without interference from those outside the region, Li said.

Looking forward to the future, SCO members should keep in mind the founding aspiration and uphold the key to success, Li said, stressing that guided by the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, SCO members should work together and make mutual achievements, advance cooperation in various fields in a solid way, and inject more certainty and positive energy into peace and development of the region and the world.

Li offered four proposals on deepening SCO cooperation. First, the SCO members should jointly solidify regional security barrier, firmly reject external interference, improve the organization's mechanism of coping with security threats and challenges as soon as possible, and crack down on the "three forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism as well as transnational organized crimes.

Second, SCO members should jointly promote the speedy economic recovery, cooperate to build safe and efficient transportation systems, continuously promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, and maintain steady and smooth industrial supply chains.

Third, the members should jointly enhance the Belt and Road cooperation. The third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation has been successfully held, and the Belt and Road has become the most popular international public goods and the largest international cooperation platform in the past 10 years.

The SCO members should reinforce the alignment of high-quality Belt and Road cooperation with the member states' respective development strategies, push forward the construction of major economic corridors, and develop the SCO Development Bank.

Fourth, the SCO member states should jointly promote the understanding and amity among their people, and continue to deepen cooperation in areas including education, culture and tourism and sports.

All participants of the meeting said that the SCO has been committed to promoting the Shanghai Spirit and has been continuingly growing and developing over the past 22 years since its establishment, with its international influence steadily expanding.

They agreed to implement the consensus reached at the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO, jointly combat the "three forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism and transnational organized crimes, strengthen cooperation in such areas as economy and trade, transportation, agriculture, energy, finance, high and new technology, environmental protection and green development, promote Belt and Road cooperation, improve infrastructure connectivity, and deepen people-to-people exchanges in such fields as tourism and education.

They also agreed to strengthen institutional building of the SCO, practice true multilateralism, jointly safeguard regional security and promote regional prosperity, and help make the international system more inclusive and sustainable.

The Chinese premier and other officials of the SCO member states attending the meeting signed and issued a joint communique, and approved a series of SCO cooperation documents and resolutions on economy and trade, railways and institution building, among other areas.