China seeks greater role for SCO
Chinese President Xi Jinping is seeking a greater role for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and has made a four point proposal for the development of the organisation at its meeting in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe.
The SCO is a is a Eurasian political, economic and military entity which was founded in 2001 by the leaders six nations, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
In his speech the president said that the four points included:
Firstly, safeguarding regional security and stability is an SCO member states’ responsibility. The president was most interested in focusing on anti-extremism and internet terrorism. He also called on the organisation to give the Regional Counter-Terrorism Structure (RCTS) new functions to combat drug trafficking.
Secondly, he wants the SCO member states to adhere to the goal of common development and prosperity including greater cooperation in trade and investment.
Thirdly, the Chinese president wants the six nations to encourage more people-to-people exchanges.
Finally he called on the SCO to expand external exchanges and cooperation. By this he was seeking to encourage more nations to join the SCO which was formed in 2001 by the same six members. Currently there are five observer nations involved, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan.
Any expansion of trade and investment along with one or more observer nations joining the SCO would fall neatly into the Chinese drive to create a new Silk Road and Maritime Silk Road.
You can read the full text of the report at Xinhuanet here.