Xi calls for closer SCO community with shared future

Added On June 16, 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to build a closer community with a shared future for the group.
President Xi made the remarks while addressing the 19th SCO summit in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek on Friday.
President Xi noted that since the summit in China's eastern port city of Qingdao last year, all members, following the Shanghai Spirit, have facilitated a deeper and more practical all-round cooperation, and boosted fresh development for the SCO from a new starting point.
He said that peace, development, cooperation and win-win approach remain the irreversible trend of the times despite a changing international landscape.
The Chinese president urged the SCO members to have a keen appreciation of the trend toward world multi-polarization and economic globalization, search for wisdom in the Shanghai Spirit and draw strength from unity and cooperation so as to build a closer community with a shared future for the organization.
President Xi said the SCO members need to hold fast to the concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, take multiple measures to combat the "three forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, and enhance de-extremization cooperation.
He called on the SCO members to advocate multilateral trading system, build an open world economy, and put forward more institutional arrangements in trade and investment liberalization and facilitation.
President Xi also called on the group to adhere to innovation-driven development, and foster new growth areas in digital economy, e-commerce, artificial intelligence and big data.
President Xi said the countries need to uphold a vision of global governance featuring extensive consultation, joint contributions and shared benefits, safeguard the international system with the UN at the core, promote multilateralism and free trade, and push for the development of a more just and equitable world order.
He added that the SCO needs to optimize its pattern of partnerships, play a more active role in regional and global affairs, and make joint efforts to promote lasting peace and common prosperity of the whole world.
At the summit, leaders of the SCO member countries and observer states, as well as representatives of regional and international bodies, discussed the progress of implementing the outcomes of the Qingdao summit, exchanged views on the status quo and prospect of the group, and major international and regional issues under current global political and economic conditions, and have reached broad consensus.
Bishkek Declaration of the SCO's Heads of State Council and 13 other cooperation documents in areas such as information communication, technology, drug control and cooperation at local levels were signed following the meeting.