Bishkek, 27 October 2023 (TDI): On October 26, during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting, while reflecting on the original goal of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Chinese Premier Li Qiang emphasized that the SCO members united to allow regional nations to independently address regional matters through dialogue, free from external interference.

In his address at the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of SCO Member States, Li advocated for collaborative efforts to establish a regional security framework while steadfastly opposing external interference.

Furthermore, Li mentioned that the SCO summit held in July this year made significant progress by establishing important agreements and outlining primary objectives for promoting the Shanghai Spirit and fostering a more tightly-knit SCO community with a shared destiny.

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Moreover, He expressed China’s readiness to collaborate with all stakeholders to put the summit’s principles into action.

At the Samarkand summit held last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping underscored the importance of maintaining political trust, fostering mutually beneficial collaboration, upholding equality among nations, promoting openness and inclusivity, and ensuring fairness and justice.

According to Li, these principles are fundamental to the SCO’s success and advancement.

Additionally, Li emphasized that, as they look ahead to the future, SCO members should remain committed to their original purpose and adhere to these core principles.

He highlighted the significance of being guided by the vision of establishing a global community with shared prosperity.

Furthermore, Li urged SCO members to unite, achieve mutual progress, enhance cooperation across various sectors, and contribute greater certainty and positive influence to regional and global peace and development.

Li put forward four proposals for advancing SCO cooperation.

First, he suggested that SCO members should collectively strengthen regional security, resist external interference, enhance the organization’s capacity to address security threats and combat terrorism, separatism, extremism, and transnational organized crime.

Second, Li recommended that SCO members work together to facilitate rapid economic recovery, develop secure and efficient transportation systems, support trade and investment liberalization, and maintain stable industrial supply chains.

Third, he urged members to boost cooperation along the Belt and Road initiative. He emphasized the success of the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and highlighted the Belt and Road’s significance as a major international cooperation platform over the last decade.

Li encouraged the alignment of high-quality Belt and Road cooperation with each member’s development strategies, advancement of key economic corridors, and strengthening of the SCO Development Bank.

Fourth, Li proposed that SCO member states should jointly promote mutual understanding and friendship among their people while deepening cooperation in areas such as education, culture, tourism, and sports.

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Leaders from various countries participated in the meeting, including Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, India, and Pakistan, along with Belarus and Mongolia as observer states. The meeting was hosted by Kyrgyzstan.

During the meeting, participants expressed their commitment to upholding the Shanghai Spirit and acknowledged the continuous development and increasing global influence of the SCO since its establishment 22 years ago.

Furthermore, participants reached agreements on several fronts, including combating terrorism, separatism, extremism, and transnational organized crime, strengthening cooperation in various sectors such as the economy, trade, transportation, agriculture, energy, finance, technology, environmental protection, and green development.

Additionally, they discussed promoting Belt and Road cooperation, enhancing infrastructure connectivity, and deepening people-to-people exchanges in areas like tourism and education.

The leaders also emphasized the significance of bolstering the SCO’s institutional framework, practicing genuine multilateralism, collectively ensuring regional security, fostering regional prosperity, and contributing to a more inclusive and sustainable international system.

At the meeting, the Chinese premier and other SCO leaders signed and released a joint communique, along with approving multiple cooperation documents and resolutions covering areas such as the economy, trade, railways, and institution building.