FM: Hu's visit to C. Asia, Russia fruitful

Updated: 2007-08-19 08:35

Chinese President Hu Jintao's just-concluded tour, a major diplomatic move by China in the Eurasian region, is fruitful with far-reaching influence, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Saturday.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin look through binoculars at the Chebarkul range before the Peace Mission 2007 counter-terrorism drill, sponsored by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, in Chelyabinsk in Russia's Ural Mountains region, August 17, 2007. [Reuters] more photos

During the five-day tour, which started on August 14, Hu paid state visit to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, participated in a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Bishkek and observed an anti-terror drill in Russia.

His visit has promoted cooperation among neighboring countries and the common development of SCO member states and helped to improve China's relations with Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia, to safeguard security and stability of the region, and to stimulate the long-term, healthy and stable development of the SCO, Yang said on the way back to Beijing.

During his first-ever visit to Kyrgyzstan, Hu and his Kyrgyz counterpart Kurmanbek Bakiyev jointly mapped out the direction for future development of bilateral ties.

Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in economy, trade, transport, energy, humanities and their fight against the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, and to enhance the mutually beneficial cooperation within the framework of the SCO.

During his visit to Kazakhstan, Hu met his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev. It is another important meeting between the two leaders after Nazarbayev's visit to Beijing last year.

Both leaders reached important consensus on the deepening of overall exchanges and cooperation in the fields of politics, security, economy, trade, energy and humanities.

Hu's visit injected new impetus to China's pragmatic cooperation with the two countries in various fields, cemented the traditional friendship between China and the two Central Asian countries and helped China-Kyrgyzstan good-neighborliness and the China-Kazakhstan strategic partnership develop in a rapid and sustainable way.

In a speech delivered at the SCO summit, Hu proposed that China should make contribution to promoting the organization's sustainable and sound development.

He pointed out that the organization should continue to promote good-neighborliness, common development, cultural exchanges and opening-up policy. His remarks, which showed China's sincerity of and determination in promoting the SCO development, were welcomed by all the SCO member states.

The leaders of the SCO member countries signed a treaty on long-term good-neighborhood, friendship and cooperation, thus cementing the political mutual trust and good-neighborliness among the SCO members and laid the political and legal foundation for the region's long-term peace and common development.

They also signed the Bishkek Declaration and issued a joint communique.

Heads of state from the member countries of the SCO observed the first ever joint anti-terrorism drill, which not only bolstered the troop's morale but also enhanced the member states' coordinating capability in jointly cracking down on the three evil forces and showed their determination and willpower to safeguard regional security and stability.

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