Beijing, 2 November 2022 (TDI): Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urged the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to promote more effective intercommunication in order to achieve regional integration and stabilize supply chains.
He called for increased collaboration among the SCO member states in the areas of security, trade, the provision of food and energy, as well as interpersonal interactions aimed at fostering political mutual confidence.
While hosting the 21st Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the SCO Member States, Premier Li made these remarks. He then offered the following five ideas for enhancing SCO cooperation:
First, protecting security and stability will help create a favourable atmosphere for regional growth. In order to guarantee security for the economic and social growth of all states, Li stated that China is prepared to expand its law enforcement and security cooperation with all parties.
Second, boosting regional economic recovery by increasing trade and investment. Chinese Premier stated that the SCO nations must work together to defend the multilateral trading system focused on the WTO, encourage the growth of an open global economy, and improve trade and investment facilitation.
Improving connectivity is the third step in achieving the region’s integrated development. Premier Li emphasized that it is crucial for SCO member states to better synchronize their development plans, improve the effectiveness of entrance clearance, and maintain the resilience and stability of regional supply chains.
Fourth, encouraging sustainable development to strengthen risk-resilience. In order to achieve a smooth and orderly transition to a green and low-carbon development, Li stressed that efforts must be made to increase the capability of the regional countries for the provision of food and energy.
Fifth, fostering intercultural and interpersonal contacts to deepen peoples’ bonds. In order to ensure the success of the activities associated with the SCO Year of Tourism next year, Li noted that SCO member states must fully utilize their existing channels for cooperation in the fields of education, culture, science, technology, and the press.