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SCO, an indispensable mechanism in Eurasia

11-07-2011 11:25 BJT Special Report:Premier Wen Attends SCO PM’s Meeting in St. Petersburg |

by Liu Yue

BEIJING, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- The 10th prime ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is slated for Monday in Russia. After a decade of development, the SCO has become an indispensable mechanism in Eurasia.

Since its establishment in 2001, the organization has achieved great progress and got rich experience in maintaining regional security and stability, promoting prosperity in member states and developing international relations.

The past decade witnessed fruitful consultations and cooperation despite obvious differences among SCO members in politics, economy, culture and other fields.

The member states have maintained close contact under the SCO framework and enhanced political mutual trust and deepened cooperation in various fields.

With regular high-level conferences and successive joint military drills, the nations have boosted defense and security cooperation, and have effectively combated the "three evil forces" of terrorism, separatism and extremism, as well as drug trafficking and transnational organized crime.

Against the backdrop of a sluggish global economy, the gross domestic product of all SCO members achieved sustainable growth, benefiting 1.5 billion people, thanks to strengthened economic cooperation within the bloc.

The SCO members will further take advantage of their economic complementarity and tap their cooperation potential in finance, energy, agriculture and other fields to maintain economic growth.

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