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Xi Jinping's speech in Ufa deserves greater recognition

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

07-09-2015 16:54 BJT

By Sun Zhuangzhi, SCO Research Center of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Chinese President Xi Jinping pays a visit to China's largest neighbor Russia yet again to attend the 7th annual BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit on July 8-9, as well as the 15th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on July 9-10 in Ufa.

As the current international situation continues to undergo profound changes and conflicts among Russia, the U.S. and European countries, the outside world is curious about the role of the SCO and BRICS mechanisms to adapt to future international situations. Many people are anxiously anticipating Xi Jinping’s speech at the meetings to learn more about his solutions. Some highlights deserve special attention.

Intensive Diplomatic Activities

For the Ufa summit, the two highest-level meetings convening together would be a special arrangement. Additionally, the SCO is growing in size and the board of governors of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) will hold its first meeting. All these events have grabbed the people's attention.

During the two summits along with the attendance of numerous leaders or representatives from international organizations (United Nations, Commonwealth of Independent States, Collective Security Treaty Organization, Eurasian Economic Union and so on ), President Xi Jinping expects to stay busy.

He will attend all important multilateral activities, as well as hold bilateral meetings with many countries. There could be some "surprises" in store during his meetings with Russia President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Pragmatic Cooperative Suggestions

As the cooperative potentiality in the fields of economy and trade among members of the SCO stand in urgent need of exploration and member countries are facing growing external economic pressures, China, a country with the strongest economy amongst them, will propose pragmatic suggestions to strengthen multilateral cooperation arising from people's concerns.

The SCO has entered its second ten-year phase, a critical stage for mechanism construction and implementation of projects. More consensus on cooperation should be reached, and possible problems in the future need be considered.

China has taken the lead in putting forward the medium-term and long-term planning of multilateral cooperation and formulated a "roadmap". In the Beijing summit in 2012, China initiated preparations, which have facilitated an endorsement of the SCO Long-term Good-Neighborly and Friendly Cooperation Treaty Implementation Outline.

Extensive mutual support of Important Proposals

After an endorsement of the interconnecting agreement between the SCO and EEU in May in Moscow, many people hope to clarify the role of the SCO in construction of the "Silk Road Economic Belt." Member states and observer countries are all key players in the construction of the "Silk Road Economic Belt", and mechanisms launched within the framework of the SCO that can create conditions of support for “interconnection and interworking”.

Actually, the relationship between the SCO and "Silk Road Economic Belt" is no longer a simple interconnection, but mutual support to a large extent. They share high a "degree of fusion" in major fields, which can be found in Xi Jinping's speech.

Open and Inclusive Political Philosophy

Brimming with "Chinese elements", the SCO has a unique cooperation philosophy, which has been dubbed with the foresight and sagacity of the Chinese style by officials and scholars from other member countries.

In view of "Shanghai Spirits", "New Security Concept", community of common interest and a shared destiny advocated by President Xi Jinping, and the "BRICS Spirits" summarized by China, SCO's charm lies in the initiation of a new mechanism featuring openness, inclusiveness, cooperation and win-win, and the proposition of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and collaboration.

Due to the establishment and development of the SCO, a discourse system and behavioral norms that are different from the Western world have shown its unique appeal while embarking on the road to becoming a reality through all the member countries' efforts.


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