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Cartoon commentary, SCO Qingdao Summit ①: Steering future course for the SCO

Editor: Li Shouen 丨CCTV.com

06-08-2018 17:31 BJT

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By Zhang Maorong, researcher with China Institute of Contemporary International Relations; cartoon drawing by Chi Ying

The 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit will be held in Qingdao, a beautiful coastal city in east China's Shandong Province on June 9-10. Chinese President Xi Jinping will chair the summit.

Xi will work together with leaders of SCO member states and and observer states, as well as chiefs of relevant international organizations to discuss cooperation plans and a blueprint for  common development, steering the future course of the SCO.

It will be the first summit since its expansion when India and Pakistan were accepted as full members in 2017 and China's second home field diplomatic event this year, which is of great significance. 

The Summit will sum up the SCO's development experiences over the past 17 years, and continue to uphold the "Shanghai Spirit," which features mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for diverse civilizations and pursuit of common development.It is expected to reach a new consensus on promoting solidarity in diversity, formulate new measures for jointly building security in a new era, inject fresh impetus into common development, and map out a new blueprint for regional community, which will enhance the SCO's cohesion, performance and influence.

It's time to set a journey when the tide rises and a strong wind blows. Having survived changes in regional and international environment, the SCO is facing new opportunities and risks.It is the world's expectation that at the helm of President Xi and leaders of other SCO member states, the forthcoming SCO summit will obtain new strength and inject momentum into world peace, regional cooperation and global governance.

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