Chinese president's Central Asia tour promotes friendship, cooperation
|Chinese President Hu Jintao's concluded Central Asia trip is successful in promoting the friendship and practical cooperation between China and relevant countries, and in expanding the influence of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on 13 June. |
Yang, who was accompanying the Chinese president during the tour, described the trip as "very fruitful." During the 9-12 June visit, Hu visited Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, and attended a SCO summit in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, Xinhua reported.
In a speech delivered at the Tashkent summit, the Chinese president called for increased cooperation among the SCO members, urging new cooperation models and proposing identifying non-resource sectors as a new priority in economic cooperation, Yang said.
The president said the SCO members should work to create new cooperation models, study ways to establish an intra-SCO e-commerce platform and conduct joint studies on agricultural cooperation, according to the foreign minister.
Yang said the Chinese leader also made a six-point proposal for boosting cooperation among the SCO members.
Hu called on the member states to strengthen their solidarity and mutual trust to consolidate the political foundation for the organization's development, and urged the SCO to step up anti-terrorism efforts and build a safe environment for the organization's development, Yang said.
Hu said the potential for cooperation among SCO members should be fully tapped and called for an expansion of friendly exchanges among members to firm up the cultural foundation for the organization's development.
The president also urged improvements in institutional building and the decision-making mechanism and called for promoting transparency and inclusiveness to create a favorable environment for the development of the organization.
Yang said the Chinese president also announced at the summit that active efforts are being made to implement plans with regard to the 10 billion U.S. dollars in credit funds China pledged for other SCO members at the Yekaterinburg summit last year.
During this year's summit, the SCO members reiterated their commitment to fighting various forms of terrorism, separatism, extremism, organized transnational crime, drug-trafficking, smuggling and other criminal activities, said the minister.
Participants approved the Tashkent Declaration, the SCO Rules of Procedure, the regulation on procedure for future membership expansion and other documents, he noted.
On the sidelines of the summit, Hu met separately with presidents of Russia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and exchanged views with them on ways of strengthening strategic mutual trust, advancing bilateral cooperative relations, deepening mutually beneficial cooperation and promoting healthy and stable development of the SCO.
These discussions helped raise the relationships between China and the three countries to a new level, Yang said.
During his visit to Uzbekistan, Hu signed a joint statement with his Uzbek counterpart Islam Karimov on comprehensively deepening the bilateral friendly and cooperative partnership.
Hu put forward a six-point proposal in this regard. These include maintaining high-level contacts to boost mutual understanding, enhancing energy cooperation, expanding cooperation in new sectors, particularly in high and new technologies, and working together to establish a long-term trading partnership.
Hu urged member states to deepen security cooperation and take severe measures to crack down on the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, and called for efforts to strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges to consolidate the foundation of their friendship.
Hu also paid a two-day visit to Kazakhstan, his second visit to the country since last December. The two sides issued a joint communique, pledging concerted efforts to further deepen their strategic partnership, expand comprehensive cooperation and strengthen coordination in regional and international affairs.
With a view to further advance the strategic partnership between China and Kazakhstan, Hu put forward a five-point proposal: enhance mutual trust through close high-level contact; expand practical cooperation of mutual benefit; boost the traditional friendship by increasing cultural exchanges; strengthen security cooperation to promote regional stability; and step up cooperation within the multilateral frameworks to safeguard common interests.
President Hu's Central Asia trip achieved the goals of consolidating unity and friendship, safeguarding regional security and stability and deepening pragmatic cooperation so as to promote common development and expand the influence of the SCO, Yang said.
China is ready to further deepen its ties with Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and work with all other members of the SCO to promote the further development of the organization, Yang said.
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