SCO summit meeting issues joint communique
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Special Report: President Hu visits two nations, attends SCO summit   

    BISHKEK, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The 7th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) concluded here Thursday after issuing a joint communique on multilateral relations and major international issues of common concern.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (7th L) and the other top leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and leaders of some countries and international organizations pose for a group photo at the 7th meeting of the Council of the SCO Heads of State in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, August 16, 2007. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
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    Chinese President Hu Jintao, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmonov and Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov attended the one-day meeting.

    During the summit, the leaders agreed on further developing all-round cooperation within the SCO framework and exchanged in an in-depth way views on the current regional and international issues, the communique said.

ANTI-TERRORISM

    With the cooperation among legislative bodies and supreme courts becoming ever-important, SCO member states should actively carry out information exchange in the legislative area, it said.

    The regional anti-terror institution has played an active part in combating terror-related actions, and the function of its council and executive committee has been further boosted, which in turn helped elevate the body's status in regional and international anti-terror cooperation, the leaders added.

    Fight against financing terrorism and money laundering should be intensified, and it is extremely important to implement the SCO's cooperation deal on combating terrorism, separatism and extremism between 2007 and 2009, the leaders stressed.

    REGIONAL STABILITY

    At the summit, the SCO leaders emphasized the necessity and urgency of taking precautionary measures and establishing relevant mechanisms to tackle threats against regional peace, security and stability.

    They agreed to step up efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, drug trafficking, terrorism. The leaders also discussed the possibility of the SCO taking bigger part in the Afghanistan affairs, to contribute more to regional security and stability.

    ECONOMIC COOPERATION

    The leaders pointed out that the economic cooperation within the SCO framework is being effectively implemented in various areas, including energy, transportation, telecommunications and other projects, the joint communique said.

    In the cooperation process, the businessmen committee and bank combo should play a significant role, and the SCO welcomes the two to sign various cooperation agreements.

    The leaders reiterated the importance of energy cooperation among the SCO members and hoped they would hold common ground on the issue. The energy mechanism should be open to all countries and organizations which agree with the SCO's tenets and tasks, the leaders said.

    They also noticed the importance of environment protection and the reasonable use of natural resources, the communique mentioned.

    INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE

    The leaders commented positively on the international exchanges that the SCO has had with other countries and organizations, noting the importance of further strengthening concrete cooperation with SCO observers in various fields.

    SCO member countries will continue to work for the completion of SCO legal framework to enable it to explore more international exchanges.

    The SCO should deepen concrete cooperation with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Eurasian Economic Community (EEC), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the basis of current memos of understanding, the SCO leaders pledged.

    They support the SCO to establish relations with other collective security treaty organizations in order to coordinate moves in protecting regional and international security, and facing new threats and challenges together.

    Leaders or representatives from the SCO's observer countries --Mongolia, Pakistan, Iran and India -- also attended the summit.

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and United Nations Under-Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe attended the summit as guests of the host country.

    Founded in Shanghai on June 15, 2001, the SCO groups China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

    The next SCO summit meeting will be held in 2008 in Tajikistan's capital of Dushanbe, with Tajikistan holding presidency of the organization.

    The ninth SCO summit meeting will be held in 2009 in the Russian city Jekaterinburg, the joint communique said.

Hu, Putin meet in Bishkek

    BISHKEK, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao called here Thursday for timely coordination between China and Russia of stance on bilateral ties and major regional and global issues.

    Hu made the remarks while meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, Aug. 16, 2007. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, Aug. 16, 2007. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)
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    Both leaders commended the Russia Year in China and China Year in Russia, a series of theme activities held alternatively in China and Russia in last two years, proposing to make it a regular event.

    "The work of the China-Russia commercial chamber of machinery and electric products should begin at an early date," Hu said.

    Echoing Hu, Putin also called for giving full play to the role of the commercial chamber.

    To further expand bilateral trade, Hu urged the two sides to speed up negotiations on the construction of the pipeline to transport crude oil and natural gas and expand mutual investment.

    The two leaders proposed to strengthen cooperation between localities of the two countries, with Hu calling for starting the implementation of local cooperation strategy as early as possible and formulating a medium- and long-term program for it.

    Putin expressed willingness to strengthen cooperation between the Far East region of Russia and China's Northeastern region.

    Hu called for strengthening cooperation on protecting and using trans-border water resources and hoped the two sides to step up talks for inking an agreement in this regard.

    Putin said Russia wishes to enhance cooperation with China in energy, electricity, civil aviation, telecommunication and environmental protection.


Editor: Yan Liang
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