China calls for solidarity, cooperation as SCO admits new members

Baku, June 11, AZERTAC

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states to strengthen solidarity and cooperation as the organization expanded membership and China took over its rotating chair.

According to Xinhua, speaking at the annual summit of the SCO in Astana, Kazakhstan, Xi also urged the member states to join hands to tackle challenges, enhance people-to-people bonds, and uphold openness and inclusiveness.

China took over the rotating chair of the SCO after the Astana summit concluded on Friday and will host its next summit in June 2018.

He proposed setting up a media cooperation mechanism among the SCO member states, saying China would like to host the first SCO media summit.

"We should carry forward the fine tradition of solidarity and coordination," Xi said.

"All member states, old and new, should work in close coordination, deepen mutual trust and increase mutual support in their endeavor to build a community of shared future featuring equality, mutual support, solidarity and sharing of weal and woe," he said.

On security issues, the Chinese president said the SCO should continue to give priority to its commitment to maintain regional security and stability.

"Recent acts of terrorism in this region show that the fight against the three forces remains a long and arduous task," he said.


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