Beijing summit to approve SCO mid-term development strategy plan

The upcoming Beijing summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will approve the mid-term development strategy plan of the organization, Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told a press conference on Wednesday.

The objective of the plan is to build the SCO into a practical and highly effective platform for cooperation, Cheng said, noting that it will be the first plan for the SCO’s future development direction, and it shows the determination of the member states for long-term development of the SCO and their highly consensus on issues concerning overall strategic situation.

This year marks the beginning of the second decade of the SCO, Cheng said, noting the organization has developed from combating terrorism, separatism, extremism, towards comprehensive cooperation.

The SCO has played an important constructive role in maintaining regional stability, promoting the development of its member states and pushing the international order towards a more just and rational development direction, Cheng said.

Cheng said that the heads of state of the member states will discuss the current international and regional situation, deepening their friendship and cooperation, future development of the organization and other issues at the summit.

The summit will issue a declaration on establishing a harmonious region with lasting peace and common prosperity and some other documents on cooperation, Cheng said.

The summit will also review Afghanistan’s application for observer status and Turkey’s application for dialogue partner status, Cheng said.

The SCO is an intergovernmental international organization which was established on 15 June, 2001 in Shanghai by Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Its observer states include India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan, while its dialogue partners include Belarus and Sri Lanka.

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The 12th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the SCO will be held in Beijing June 6-7, Chinese President Hu Jintao will host the summit, and presidents or representatives of the other member states, observer states, as well as guests of China, which include Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, and heads of some international organizations will attend the summit.

China is ready to work with the other member states to promote the development of the SCO, Cheng said.

Xinhua

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