Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has made a five-pronged proposal for the development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
He calls on all member states to expand and strengthen their cooperation with more effective measures and better coordination.
Wang made the remarks while attending a meeting of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers in the Uzbek capital Tashkent on Tuesday.
For starters, he urged all members to strengthen political mutual trust and unity. While promoting the “Shanghai Spirit,” featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development, Wang called for firm and mutual support inside the SCO on major issues involving core interests of member states.
As for security risks challenging the region, Wang asked SCO members to strengthen their cooperation in counter-terrorism intelligence communication, crisis warning, emergency management and joint law enforcement.
As to practical cooperation inside the SCO, Wang said China stands ready to strengthen policy coordination and alignment of development strategies with other members, based on the joint construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt.
Fourth, Wang called for the gradual expansion of SCO membership.
And fifth, he said people-to-people links should be cemented.
Wang called on all parties in the SCO to make full use of the mechanisms and platforms to draw the hearts of different peoples closer with more welfare projects.
Other foreign ministers echoed Wang, saying the SCO has made gratifying achievements and played an important role in promoting peace, security and growth in the region and in the world.
All member states supported the SCO’s special role in connecting the Belt and Road initiative and the Eurasia Economic Union and in promoting the prosperity of the Eurasia region.