China pledges to seek good start for SCO's new decade

17:03, June 08, 2011      

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China on Wednesday pledged to make a good start for the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the next decade as it will take on the rotating chairmanship in mid June.

"In the year ahead, we will stay in close communication with all other member states to design the plan and organize major events. We will put forward ideas and initiatives on SCO cooperation and promote practical cooperation between member states," Assistant Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping told the Lanting Forum on Wednesday.

With the SCO summit in the Kazakh capital of Astana a week away, the Lanting Forum has drawn about 200 Chinese officials, scholars, business executives and foreign diplomats.

In his speech entitled "Immense Prospects for the SCO," Cheng said the upcoming Astana summit will be a historic event, which will commemorate SCO's 10th anniversary and connects the past and future.

Founded in Shanghai in 2001, the regional organization groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

China will hold the rotating chair of the SCO from June until May 2012, after the Astana summit.

Cheng reviewed the SCO's journey of the past 10 years, saying it has turned into "an indispensable and constructive force in Eurasia" and a regional cooperation organization that its members states can trust and count on.

Cheng attributed the SCO's success story to its basic principle of adhering to the "Shanghai Spirit," which embraces mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for diversified civilizations and pursuit of common development.
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Source: Xinhua
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