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SCO deepens comprehensive, pragmatic cooperation

English.news.cn   2012-12-02 18:41:17            

BISHKEK, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is to open its 11th prime ministers' meeting in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Dec. 4-5.

The meeting is expected to lay a solid foundation for future development of the SCO by implementing results of the SCO Beijing Summit held in June.

Since its establishment 11 years ago, the SCO has grown into a constructive force that plays a major role in geo-politics in the Eurasian region.

The organization, which groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, has been developing in the areas of security, economy and culture.

It has seen fruitful results in enhancing mutual trust, cooperation and common prosperity among member states as well as maintaining regional peace and stability.

POLITICAL MUTUAL TRUST ENHANCED

Political mutual trust between the SCO members has been strengthening continuously. Under the guidance of the "Shanghai Spirit," the SCO stressed the member states, big or small, should promote cooperation in the principle of consultation-based consensus.

Over the past 11 years, the "Shanghai Spirit," a spirit of mutual trust, mutual benefits, equal rights, consultations, respect for multiculturalism and endeavor to common development, has become a role model for different countries by demonstrating how they can deepen good-neighborly ties and cooperation, promote common development and prosperity, safeguard regional peace and stability, and carry out dialogues among diversified cultures and civilizations.

SECURITY COOPERATION

Since its establishment, the SCO member states have made remarkable achievements in security cooperation, which is valued as one of the wheels of the organization.

The SCO inked a series of declarations and agreements on security cooperation, thus broadening cooperation in a wide range of areas such as strategic security, defense security, law-enforcement, information security, drug-fighting, anti-money laundry and combat against trans-boundary organized crime.

ECONOMIC COOPERATION

Over the past 11 years, economic cooperation among SCO members states has been promoted steadily, as evidenced by a slew of pragmatic cooperation projects in such areas as finance, transportation, energy, agriculture, customs, as well as high and new technology.

The scale of trade among SCO member states has been expanding rapidly with an optimized trade structure. As mutual investment within the organization has increased by a large margin, the economic links among the SCO members are becoming ever-closer.

Over the past 11 years, China has offered as much assistance as it can to help other SCO member states.

At the Beijing summit held in June, China offered a loan of 10 billion U.S. dollars to support economic cooperation within the SCO, and pledged to help train 1,500 experts from other members over the next three years.

It will also provide 30,000 government scholarships and invite 10,000 Confucius Institute teachers and students to come to China for research and study over the next decade.

Besides cooperation in politics, economy and security, cultural cooperation is another priority for SCO member states.

A series of cooperation documents have been signed as cooperation among the SCO members has been largely enhanced in culture, education, health, technology, sports and tourism.

Editor: Tang Danlu
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