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Wang Yi: Carry Forward the Shanghai Spirit to Continuously Promote the Building of a Closer SCO Community with a Shared Future

2022-07-29 22:20

On July 29, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) foreign ministers' meeting in Tashkent.

Wang Yi said, the world today is entering a new period of turbulence and transformation, with changes and a pandemic both unseen in a century, and constant flare-ups of international and regional hotspot issues. The task of development and stability of all countries remains arduous and strenuous. We need to carry forward the Shanghai Spirit, uphold solidarity and help each other, and continue to promote the building of a closer SCO community with a shared future. Wang Yi put forward China's proposals in this regard.

First, strengthen solidarity and cooperation. The SCO countries should follow the purposes and principles established by the SCO Charter and the Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation among member states, continuously cement the foundation of mutual trust, support the protection of each other's core interests and major concerns, and safeguard the sovereignty, security and development interests of all countries. The SCO countries should firmly support each other in following the development paths suited to national conditions, back each other in taking major measures to maintain social stability, and jointly create a sound environment for the development and revitalization of countries in the region.

Second, consolidate regional security. The SCO countries should practice the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, and oppose creating bloc confrontation and undermining regional stability. The SCO countries should intensify efforts to combat the "three forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, including the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, reach a plan acceptable to all parties on improving the mechanism for responding to security threats and challenges as soon as possible, and expand cooperation in non-traditional security areas.

Third, promote sustainable development. The SCO countries should adhere to the people-centered development philosophy, carry out more sustainable cooperation projects that benefit people's livelihoods, and deepen high-quality Belt and Road cooperation. The SCO countries should leverage the unique advantages of the member states, make the SCO's voice heard and demonstrate SCO's responsibility in maintaining the security of international industrial and supply chains as well as international food and energy security. The SCO countries should draw up a roadmap for expanding the scale of local currency settlement, and provide stronger financing guarantees for cooperation on major projects. The SCO countries should continue to carry out all-round cooperation in fighting the pandemic, and advance cooperation in poverty alleviation, green development and other fields.

Fourth, uphold multilateralism. The SCO countries should oppose peddling the false so-called narrative of "democracy" against "authoritarianism" and creating confrontation in the international community. The SCO countries should firmly promote genuine multilateralism, advocate the common values of all mankind, and work to improve global governance. The SCO countries should strengthen multilateral coordination and cooperation, oppose unilateral sanctions and "long-arm jurisdiction", and defend the common interests and development space of emerging markets and developing countries.

Fifth, enhance the development of the organization. The SCO countries should promote the enlargement of the group in a steady and orderly manner, take into account the geographical distribution and other factors, accept more observer states and dialogue partners while increasing new members, and make more countries that share the same cooperation concepts of the SCO obtain a corresponding legal status, so as to increase the comprehensive strength of the SCO and demonstrate its openness and inclusiveness. The SCO countries should strengthen the mechanism building to promote more efficient decision-making, more practical cooperation and smoother coordination in the SCO.

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