The SCO Secretary-General addressed the international conference in Moscow

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The SCO Secretary-General addressed the international conference in Moscow 31.05.2017 12:04


The SCO Secretary-General addressed the III International Conference "Russia and China: Towards a New Quality of Bilateral Relations" on May 29-30, 2017.

Famous politicians and diplomats, heads of international organizations, representatives of the scientific and expert community take part in the traditional international conference. The conference covers a wide range of issues on the regional and global agenda, especially in the context of developing a comprehensive strategic partnership between Russia and China.

The conference was opened by the plenary session "Russian-Chinese cooperation in solving global and regional problems" with the participation of SCO Secretary-General R. Alimov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia I. Morgulov, Director of the Institute of Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the Chinese Academy of Public Li Yongquan, Dean of the Institute of International Relations of the University of Qinhua Yan Xuetong, Director of the Institute for Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences S.G. Luzyanin, Director of the Institute of Research of the USA and Canada S. Rogova and a number of other prominent scientists and researchers.

Speaking at the plenary session, R. Alimov touched upon the issues of Russian-Chinese cooperation in the Eurasian region, primarily in the frames of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

"The wide-format dialogue between Russia and China, their comprehensive strategic partnership is reflected not only in the state of affairs in the Eurasian region, but also affects the global, global level," the Secretary General noted.

He also stressed that, while interacting within the SCO framework, Russia and China demonstrate a clear example of how national and regional interests can be combined in the interests of everyone. "The history of the SCO teaches that the path to success always lies through mutual understanding, equality and coordination. The closer the coordination, the deeper the mutual understanding; The more strictly the equality is observed, the stronger and more effective is the partnership within the framework of the SCO", the SCO Secretary General noted.

Concern for ensuring common security and stability in the SCO space as a guarantor of sustainable development unites all members of the Organization. To this end, the SCO has established close cooperation among the SCO member states on the basis of a model of real partnership.

"The advantage of the SCO is that through equitable dialogue it allows to seek and find the optimal solutions to even the most difficult issues. The overall result of the maximum possible combination of sovereign rights, national interests and common tasks is the strength of the SCO", R. Alimov emphasized. It is extremely important that Russia and China view the SCO as a key Eurasian platform for implementing large-scale economic initiatives.

"The transcontinentality of the SCO allows considering the association as a link between the Asia-Pacific and Atlantic regions, with the countries of South Asia and the Middle East. In this regard, there are great prospects for further development of the interaction of the G-8 with the ASEAN ten in the sphere of economy and trade", R. Alimov said.

The Secretary General of the SCO also noted that "Today the Organization is on the verge of adopting the powerful states of South Asia - India and Pakistan, which have already committed them to constructive participation in the development and strengthening of the existing partner model in the SCO. With the adoption of these authoritative countries in the region and the world, the SCO from a regional forum focused on Central Asia is turning into a transcontinental organization with a range of responsibilities from the Arctic to the Indian Ocean from the North to the South and from the Chinese Liaoningang to Russian Kaliningrad from East to West. It is also important that the SCO will act as a platform for a regular dialogue between the four nuclear powers - half of the world nuclear club".

"Intensification of the economic component of the SCO activity is also a general trend of the association's development. The entry of India and Pakistan will further expand the SCO's capabilities in this direction", R. Alimov said.

The International Conference "Russia and China: Towards a New Quality of Bilateral Relations" is an annual event organized by the Russian Council for International Affairs. The conference is held in Moscow in the format of plenary and expert sessions devoted to the discussion of the current state of bilateral relations, as well as regional security issues, integration initiatives in Eurasia, coordination of efforts in the field of global governance.

The opening ceremony of the conference was attended and delivered by the Chairman of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation V. Matvienko.