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Wang Yi Attends the Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers

2020/09/10

On September 10, 2020 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers in Moscow.

Wang Yi noted, at present, the COVID-19 is changing the world in a profound way. The world sees unprecedented economic recession, rising unilateralism and bullying, and mechanism for global governance in deep trouble. At the same time, we must be aware that peace, development and win-win cooperation is the irreversible trend. The vivid practice in the joint efforts from all countries in fighting the pandemic has demonstrated the great power of multilateralism. Building a community with a shared future for mankind has increasingly become the firm choice of a growing number of countries. Next year will be the 20th anniversary of the SCO. The Chinese side is willing to work more closely with all sides to lead the SCO to cope with risks and challenges more effectively and make due contributions to boosting security, stability, development and prosperity in the region and the world at large.

Wang Yi made five suggestions on strengthening cooperation within the SCO.

Firstly, SCO member countries should firmly support one another and safeguard each other's core interests. Foreign forces have never stopped interfering in the internal affairs of SCO member countries, and resisting foreign interference is a common challenge that all SCO member countries are faced with. We must firmly establish a sense of a community with a shared future for mankind, firmly support each other in following a development path that suits one's own national conditions, as well as maintaining political security and social stability, and never allow external forces to intervene in the internal affairs of SCO member countries. We should by no means allow "color revolutions" to succeed in this region, or the regional peace and stability to be undermined. As long as we unite as one and cooperate sincerely, the future of our countries can be held by our own peoples, and the hard-won regional stability will be maintained effectively.

Secondly, SCO member countries should persist in unity and cooperation to jointly defeat COVID-19. The Chinese side is willing to deepen cooperation with all parties in the fight against the pandemic, continue to promote the establishment of joint prevention and control mechanisms in border areas, and prioritize the needs of SCO member countries after China successfully develops and puts into use COVID-19 vaccines. We should strengthen cooperation in the field of public health, implement the results of the SCO online forum on traditional medicine, and help all countries defeat the pandemic as soon as possible. We should also push the international community toward adhering to the general direction of cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, opposing the politicization of the pandemic, the labeling of the virus and the wrong words and deeds that interfere with the global anti-pandemic fight. Furthermore, we must support the World Health Organization in playing its due role, and promote the building of a global community of health for all.

Thirdly, SCO member countries should persist in sharing weal and woe to resolve various security risks. We should practice a vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, maintain a high-pressure posture against the "East Turkistan" and other violent and terrorist forces, and strictly prevent the "three forces" from using the pandemic to cause chaos. We should also focus on the regional security situation, and improve the SCO's law enforcement security cooperation mechanism. We need to implement the organization's anti-extremism convention, resolutely curb the spread of all types of extremist ideas, and oppose double standards on anti-terrorism issues. The Chinese side has recently proposed the Global Initiative on Data Security to ensure the safe and orderly flow of data, providing a blueprint for the formulation of international rules for digital security. The initiative responds to the general concerns and meets the common needs of all parties. All SCO member countries are welcome to join the initiative.

Fourthly, the SCO should adhere to coordinated development and boost economic recoveries in all member states. The SCO members should balance curbing the pandemic and developing the economy, strengthen the coordination of macro-economic policies and the alignment of development strategies, negotiate the establishment of "fast lanes" for personnel exchanges and "green channels" for cargo transport, and ensure the stability and competitiveness of industrial chains and supply chains in the region. Efforts must be made to continuously facilitate trade and investment, and comprehensively promote the high-quality construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. China will promote a new development pattern featuring dual circulation, which takes the domestic market as the mainstay and allows domestic and foreign markets to boost each other. Moreover, China will build a new economic mechanism featuring a higher level of opening-up and stands ready to share new business opportunities with partners.

Fifthly, the SCO should stick to multilateralism and improve global governance. Countries have reached the consensus that the international system with the United Nations as the core and the international order underpinned by international law. Adhering to multilateralism has become a foundation of national self-reliance, especially for many medium and small-sized countries in the international community. As the only super power, the United States stubbornly sticks to the "America First" policy, randomly practicing unilateralism, and repeatedly withdrawing from international organizations and treaties. The US abandons its due international obligations and seeks its own benefits at the cost of other countries' rightful interests. It is becoming the biggest destroyer of the contemporary international order. The SCO should always stand with multilateralism, fairness and justice, and move in the direction of the history. The SCO should firmly defend the core position of the UN, protect the authority of the international law, prevent power politics from dragging the world back to "the law of the jungle," and resist unilateral bullying that hinders the democratization of international relations.

During their addresses, foreign ministers of other SCO members fully recognized the positive role of the SCO in maintaining regional security, bolstering development, and fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. They voiced readiness to further strengthen solidarity against the disease and actively carry out cooperation in vaccine and drug research and development. All sides supported closer policy coordination to push forward post-pandemic economic recovery and sustainable development. All sides stressed, as this year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the UN, the SCO members need to preserve the norms of international relations based on the UN Charter, defend the core position of the UN, firmly uphold multilateralism and oppose unilateralism, and resist interference by external forces in the internal affairs of countries in the region. The SCO members are committed to countering all forms of terrorism and promoting political settlements of regional hotspot issues through dialogue. They agreed to intensify people-to-people and cultural exchanges among the member states, deepen interactions between the SCO and other international organizations, and promote the SCO to play a bigger role in international affairs.

The meeting of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers made full preparations for the summit of the SCO in November. A press release of the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Foreign Ministers was endorsed at the meeting.

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