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COSC Held SCO Think Tanks Forum

Date: 2018-05-02

On April 24 and 25, COSC held the SCO Think Tanks Forum. COSC Chairman Wang Zhongwei attended and addressed the opening ceremony. Counsellors Xu Lin, Tang Min, Li Yuguang and He Maochun, Research Fellows Wu Yin, Zuo Xiaolei and Zhanglin as well as former Chinese ambassador to Belarus Yu Zhenqi, former Chinese ambassador to Tajikistan and Belarus Wu Hongbin, and former Chinese ambassador to India Sun Yuxi participated in the forum. Sun Weijia, Director General of the Department of International Exchanges and Cooperation of COSC, chaired the opening ceremony.

This year, China will host the SCO Summit in Qingdao, Shandong. The forum is a think tank exchange event COSC held in the lead-up to the summit, aiming to provide a platform for exchanges between think tanks of the member countries, increase understanding of the development visions and policies of these countries, deepen the exchange of ideas, so as to provide policy advice on the cooperation and development of SCO countries.

The theme of the forum is “promoting the Shanghai Spirit, enhancing solidarity and trust, and deepening practical cooperation”. Topics include policy communication and infrastructure connectivity, trade and investment facilitation, financial integration, energy cooperation, joint response to climate change, people-to-people exchange. Think tank representatives from 9 SCO members and observers were present, including China, Russia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Belarus, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

In his opening address, Chairman Wang said that for more than a decade, SCO has grown into a new type of regional cooperation organization with important international influence. It has played an important role in maintaining regional peace and stability, promoting multi-polarity and democracy in international relations, and reforming and improving the global governance system. With India and Pakistan joining the bloc, SCO becomes the regional cooperation organization with the largest population and territorial coverage. It gains broader space for development and larger potential for cooperation, and enters into a new stage of favorable opportunities.



He pointed out that the value of think tanks lies in the advisory services they provide for governments and institutions. In response to the shared pursuit of peace and development, SCO think tanks have the responsibility to play their roles to provide constructive advice on practical cooperation among the countries, uphold their national interests, and deliver benefits to people of countries in the region.

Counsellor Zhang Hongjian of the Department of Eurasian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted the four achievements of SCO: the Shanghai Spirit, the new model of international relations, the three pillars of cooperation and the institutional and legal foundation of SCO. To strive for new progress in SCO, efforts need to be made on five fronts. First, promoting the Shanghai Spirit and enhancing political trust. Second, deepening security cooperation and increasing the capacity for defending realistic threats. Third, pushing forward practical cooperation and building a pattern of integrated development. Fourth, promoting people-to-people exchange and consolidating the social foundation for good-neighborliness and friendship. Fifth, pursuing openness and inclusiveness to raise the international profile of SCO.

Foreign experts attending the forum made a visit to Tencent after the forum.