President Xi raises proposal on SCO cooperation

Updated: 2013-09-13 21:57


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BISHKEK - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday put forward a proposal on boosting comprehensive cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Addressing an SCO summit here, Xi said the SCO members should carry forward the "Shanghai Spirit," which features mutual trust, mutual benefits, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development.

The SCO countries should support each other on issues related to sovereignty, security, territorial integrity, political system, social stability, and development models, the Chinese president said.

He urged all SCO members to conduct mutually-beneficial cooperation based on equality and consultation, so that they will become good neighbors, good friends and good partners.

On regional security and stability, Xi called for the implementation of a convention on combating the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, and the establishment of a center for comprehensive response to security threats and challenges.

The SCO members, he said, should work jointly to combat the "three evil forces," help Afghanistan realize peace and stability, and safeguard regional security.

On practical cooperation, the Chinese president called on all members to carry forward the Silk Road spirit.

Xi said an agreement on facilitation of international road transportation should be signed speedily within the SCO so as to build transport corridors connecting the Baltic Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and linking Central Asia with the Indian Ocean and with the Gulf.

The SCO countries should also explore a trade and investment facilitation agreement, promote economic and financial cooperation, establish an SCO development bank and an energy club, and put in place a cooperation mechanism for food security, he added.

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