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Li Yuanchao: neo-interventionism is growing against the SCO member states and countries of its adjacent regions

Vice Chairman of the People's Republic of China, Li Yuanchao, speaking at a profile discussion within the SPIEF-2014 in St. Petersburg, said that it is necessary to strengthen cooperation within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to adequately respond to external challenges.

The SCO unites Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. The SCO chairmanship will pass to Russia in the fall of 2014. In 2015, the international summits of the SCO heads of state and the BRICS heads of state and government will be held in the capital of Bashkiria, Ufa.

"The so-called neo-interventionism against the SCO member states and the countries of its adjacent regions is growing. Difficult processes are taking place around our countries," the PRC deputy chairman noted.

Therefore, according to him, today it is necessary to strengthen cooperation in the framework of the SCO in order to adequately respond to external challenges. In these conditions, ensuring stable development based on the potential of the region's economies and on the basis of mutual trust is a key task for the organization, says Li Yuanchao.

He also called for the further development of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization on the principles of equality.

"I believe that it is necessary to promote equitable cooperation .... All these years we have been observing the principle of consensus, fully taking into account the concerns and interests of other countries. In the future, we need to continue to develop the" Shanghai spirit ", to respect, trust and help each other, to be equal among equals, thereby strengthening cohesion, "concluded Li Yuanchao.

In addition to the Deputy Chairman of the People's Republic of China, the panel session "Shanghai Cooperation Organization - a Space for Economic and Business Interaction" was attended by Secretary General of the organization Dmitry Mezentsev, President of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov, Presidential Commissioner for the Rights of Entrepreneurs Boris Titov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Alexei Likhachev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Russia Marat Tazhin, Head of the Ministry of Economic Development of Tajikistan Sharif Rakhimzoda.

Assessing the role of the SCO in the modern world, Dmitry Mezentsev noted that the opinions of experts on this issue still differ: some consider the SCO only a military-political alliance, others assign it the role of a "utilitarian organization" designed to solve only regional problems.

"Over the past 13 years of its existence, the organization has proved that the successes in the practice of political and diplomatic interaction of the six countries (SCO), observer countries - India, Iran, Pakistan, Mongolia, Afghanistan - and partner countries - Belarus, the Republic of Turkey, Sri “Lanka is today that interaction, which is complemented by trade, economic and cultural cooperation in the real field,” he said.

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