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