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SCO shows the Shanghai Spirit

By Wang Yusheng (China Daily) Updated: 2013-09-12 07:34

The success of the SCO and the equality of voices within it have made it increasingly attractive to other countries; Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan are all observer states, while Belarus, Sri Lanka and Turkey are dialogue partners.

With their ever-deepening cooperation the organization has made noteworthy progress in the fight against the three evil forces that threaten the region, namely terrorism, separatism and extremism. By working together in the fight against the three evil forces, the member states have successfully maintained regional stability and promoted common development. This is in direct contrast to the United States and its allies, which have been mired in an anti-terrorism war in central Asia for more than 10 years with little to show for it.

Another significant achievement of the SCO is that the member states successfully defended themselves against the "color revolution" incited by the neo-conservative idealists of the United States. And by offering each other essential help and exchanging key information, the members of the SCO have successfully navigated all the potential risks and challenges that have arisen and ensured that they can each develop in their own chosen way.

All these achievements, together with the successful and smooth running of the SCO, have dealt a heavy blow to those who have tried to ferment trouble in the region.

At the Bishkek summit, the SCO members will again demonstrate their determination to further deepen regional cooperation, and ensure coordination among the member states on important regional and international issues.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the summit and discuss ways to strengthen economic cooperation and enhance regional security with the other leaders, and discussions on the security situation after the US withdraws its troops in 2014 are also expected to be on the agenda.

Those who exaggerate the tensions between China and some of its neighboring countries, such as Japan and the Philippines, in an attempt to create divisions in Asia, conveniently turn a blind eye to the achievements and solidarity of the SCO, which will be demonstrated once again in Bishkek.

The author is executive director of the Strategy Study Center, China Foundation for International Studies, and China's former senior official to APEC.

(China Daily 09/12/2013 page8)

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