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Entry of India and Pakistan into SCO to bolster grouping's strength: President Xi

Press Trust of India  |  Qingdao 

The entry of and into the Cooperation Organisation would bolster its strength, Chinese said today as he welcomed and to the eight-member grouping.

and Hussain are attending the summit for the first time after both countries were were admitted as members of the Beijing-based Cooperation Organisation (SCO) last year.

Xi, also host of the 18th SCO summit, in his opening remarks said that the presence of and Pakistan President Hussain at the meeting here in the east Chinese port city was "of great historic significance."

The SCO enjoys strong vitality and momentum of cooperation, Xi said, attributing the organisation's standing to the Spirit. He called for the pursuit of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security.

"We should reject the Cold War mentality and confrontation between blocs and oppose the practices of seeking absolute security of oneself at the expense of the security of other countries, so as to achieve security of all," he said.

He said countries should work for promoting open and inclusive cooperation for win-win outcomes.

"We should reject self-centered, short-sighted and closed-door policies. We should uphold WTO rules and support the multilateral trading system so as to build an open world economy," Xi said amidst a looming trade war between and the over tariffs.

Equality, mutual learning, dialogue and inclusiveness between cultures should be championed, so that "we overcome cultural misunderstanding, clash and supremacy through exchanges, mutual learning and coexistence," said Xi.

He called for adhering to extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits in global governance, steadily reforming and improving the global governance system, and pushing all countries to jointly build a community with a shared future for humanity.

He called for further carrying forward the 'Shanghai Spirit' to surmount difficulties, defuse risks and meet challenges.

"We should uphold innovative, coordinated, green, open and inclusive development, achieve coordinated social and economic progress of various countries and resolve issues caused by unbalanced development," he said.

"We should bridge the gap in development and promote shared prosperity," he said.

The SCO member states need to actively implement the 2019-2021 programme of cooperation for combating terrorism, separatism and extremism, he said. Member nations should enhance cooperation on defence security, and information security, Xi said.

He also called for efforts to give full play to the role of the SCO-Contact Group to facilitate peace and reconstruction in war-torn

Xi said that the SCO members need to build a powerful engine to achieve common development.

"will set up a 30-billion-yuan (USD 4.7 billion) equivalent special lending facility within the framework of the SCO Inter-Consortium," Xi said.

He said in the next three years, will provide 3,000 training opportunities of human resources development for SCO member states to enhance public understanding of and support for the SCO family.

The SCO has eight member countries which represents around 42 per cent of the world's population and 20 per cent of the global GDP.

Besides Prime Minister Modi and President Xi, other leaders attending the summit include Russian President and Iranian President

The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and and Pakistan became its members last year.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 11:40 IST
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