Security, economy on SCO summit agenda

08:19, June 11, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao is to propose closer liaison and economic ties among the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) countries with an aim to clamp down on security hazards and improve regional prosperity.

The Foreign Ministry revealed Thursday that Hu will also call on the SCO countries to enhance political trust in their common fight against all types of security and economic threats.

Now, expectations are rather high for the SCO summit in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, central Asia, on Friday, to take a tougher role in combating security threats and deepening economic cooperation among its members.

Hu's new proposals will steer the SCO states to work pragmatically for the development of the region, to enhance political mutual trust and cooperation, and improve its ability in tackling all kinds of threats and challenges, China's Foreign Ministry said.

The discussion will also focus on reducing Afghan drug trafficking and restoring order in the troubled Kyrgyzstan following the overthrow of former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev in April.

After the April 6-7 uprising in Kyrgyzstan, central Asia, which killed 88, "the SCO played its role again to soothe the tension and fears on the borders and provide assistance to Kyrgyzstan," Leonid Moiseev, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's special representative for SCO affairs, said.

Facing mounting security threats, member countries are increasingly relying on the SCO for maintaining security and peace.

"The SCO makes it possible for related countries to sit down and talk about solutions," said Xu Wen-hong, a researcher at the Institute of Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

A regulation to accept new members into the SCO, which is expected to be adopted at this summit, will make the organization more institutionalized.

China's Xinhua news agency reported that Russia also wanted the SCO countries to improve cooperation on their economic and trade issues, including lowering tariffs and dismantling trade barriers.

By People's Daily Online


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