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Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng Gives an Interview on President Xi Jinping's Attendance at the 20th Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

2020/11/11

On November 10, 2020, President Xi Jinping attended the 20th Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) ("the Summit") and delivered an important speech. After the Summit, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng gave an interview to People's Daily, Xinhua News Agency, CCTV and China Daily and other media outlets, introducing the outcomes of President Xi Jinping's attendance at the Summit.

Le Yucheng said the 20th Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO came to a successful conclusion. Considering COVID-19, the SCO member states decided to hold the Summit via video link as proposed by the rotating Chairmanship Russia. President Xi Jinping, heads of 7 member states and 4 observer states, as well as the Secretary General of the United Nations attended the Summit at invitation. A declaration of the Summit was issued after heads of SCO member states signed on it. Six Statements on Joint Response Efforts Against the Novel Coronavirus Infection, on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in World War II, on Countering the Spread of the Terrorist, Separatist and Extremist Ideology, Including Online, on Cooperation in International Information Security, on Countering the Drug Threat, and on Cooperation in the Digital Economy were issued, and documents on the cooperation in healthcare, local development and international exchanges were approved.

Currently, in face of the global pandemic and changes unseen in a century, as well as complex and profound changes of international and regional circumstances, the SCO is experiencing new opportunities and challenges in its development. Against this backdrop, it is of profound and far-reaching significance to have successfully convened the Summit via video link and delivered fruitful results.

Le Yucheng said President Xi Jinping delivered an important speech entitled "Carrying Forward the Shanghai Spirit and Deepening Solidarity and Collaboration for a Stronger Community with a Shared Future" based on the current situation and the SCO's long-term development at the Summit. He proposed important initiatives of building "a community of health", "a community of security", "a community of development" and "a community of cultural exchanges" within the Organization's framework for the first time. President Xi Jinping made a "China proposal" to the SCO's development, enriched the meaning of a community with a shared future for humankind, and drew a blueprint and pointed the direction for the Organization's development in the next stage in his strategically situated and forward looking remarks, which represented the commitment and charisma of the leader of a major country and received warmly and active response. The participating leaders congratulated China on its important strategic results of fighting against COVID-19, and thanked China for its strong anti-pandemic support for other countries. They pointed out that China's early work resumption has injected an important impetus to the regional and world economic recovery, and spoke highly of the important initiatives of cooperation proposed by China.

As the rotating presidency of the SCO, Russia has made great and effective efforts to ensure the success of this Summit. President Xi Jinping and leaders of all countries at the Summit exchanged views on the priority tasks of further strengthening cooperation in the SCO amid the pandemic and other significant international and regional issues. They discussed new thoughts and initiatives of how to deal with risks and challenges and promote security and development together, reached consensus on important issues, made plans for cooperation on specific fields, and pointed out the direction of SCO's future development, which will bring important and positive impacts to peace and development of the region and the whole world.

First, it reaffirmed the confidence and determination of all parties to fight against the pandemic. The coronavirus has spread worldwide with constant resurges. Only when the international community takes people's life and health as the top priority and works together to overcome the pandemic, can people's lives and health be effectively protected. President Xi Jinping emphasized that to fight against the virus that respects no borders, we must take up the most powerful weapon of solidarity and cooperation, and rise up to the most imperative task of saving people's lives. China proposed to strengthen response to COVID-19 in the region, create hotline contacts between SCO members' centers for disease control (CDCs) and continue to hold the SCO Forum on Traditional Medicine, and promised to actively consider SCO countries' need for vaccines. Based on China's proposals, the Summit specifically issued a statement on the COVID-19, which highlighted that all parties should carry forward the Shanghai spirit and support each other in fighting against the pandemic. It called for the international community to enhance cooperation, jointly consolidate the world healthcare system, improve the WHO's potential and protect people's lives and health. These are the political consensuses need to be reached for the common fight against the pandemic and the subsequent cooperative measures, which are also the SCO's wisdom for maintaining regional public health, and its proposition for international anti-pandemic cooperation.

Second, it clarified the SCO's future missions. President Xi Jinping, based on his insightful observations of the world trends, pointed out that all parties need to deepen solidarity and collaboration, contribute more to the stability and development of countries in the region and take more steps toward building a community with a shared future for mankind. The Declaration reaffirmed that it is of practical importance to promote new international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness and justice and cooperation for win-win results, and formulate the common concept of building a community with a shared future for humankind. It emphasized that as an influential and responsible participant in the system of international relations, the SCO will keep contributing to the maintenance of peace and safety. It is proved that it is in line with the fundamental and long-term interests of all parties and the common aspirations of all peoples to adhere to the Shanghai Spirit and build a stronger SCO community with a shared future. This summit has sent a clear message that the SCO will shoulder the responsibilities of the times and all parties, strengthen unity and mutual trust, deepen all-round cooperation, and make continuous efforts to promote security and stability of the region and the development and prosperity of all countries.

Third, it pointed out the prioritized direction of the SCO's cooperation. Facing new circumstances and new tasks, the SCO needs to make a plan for all-round cooperation from a strategic and long-term perspective, roll out key projects and improve the level of cooperation. President Xi Jinping made a series of important initiatives on deepening the cooperation in security, economy, culture and other important fields, including the call for acting on the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, and participating in the Global Initiative on Data Security launched by China; forging greater synergy of the Belt and Road Initiative with national development strategies as well as region-wide cooperation initiatives, and stepping up cooperation in digital economy, e-commerce, artificial intelligence and smart cities; supporting the Organization's exchanges and cooperation in education, culture, sports, media and women's welfare, promoting mutual learning between civilizations, and winning stronger public support for the SCO vision of cooperation. The Declaration and statements issued at the Summit elaborated the common standpoints of leaders of member states on the cooperation in relevant fields, and approved and adopted the documents such as the action plan for the next 5 years, making specific deployment and planning for the Organization's all-round cooperation.

Fourth, it consolidated the international consensus on adhering to multilateralism. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War and the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. It is a question for all of us as to how to better maintain world peace and stability, and how to achieve development and prosperity in all countries in the next 75 years. President Xi Jinping suggested we need to draw lessons from the past, champion multilateralism with concrete actions, improve global governance and uphold the international order. We need to follow the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and build a world where global affairs are discussed by all, the governance system built by all, and development fruits shared by all. Leaders of member states reiterated their shared position in the Declaration and the statement on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in World War II. They called for building a more representative and fairer international order and equal partnerships, and advocated their firm support for the United Nations to play its due role, and the maintenance of world peace, stability and security by all. We believe the SCO will stick to the right path of multilateralism, keep abreast of the world trend of peace and development, and make greater contributions to the progress of humankind.

Le Yucheng said over the past 19 years since its establishment, the SCO has maintained a sound momentum of growth and blazed a path of cooperation and development as a new type of regional organization. Under the current situation, the SCO has a greater role to play in safeguarding peace and stability in the region and the development and prosperity of all countries. As an important founding member state of the SCO, China is willing to implement the consensuses made at this Summit, carry forward the Shanghai sprit, improve the level of all-round cooperation and build a stronger community with a shared future.

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