Wen Proposes Prioritizing SCO Regional Infrastructure ConnectionDecember 7, 2012
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to attend the 11th Prime Ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
He has issued a seven-point proposal aimed at enhancing cooperation among members.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has proposed that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization make connecting regional infrastructure its top priority.
"China will fulfill the commitment it made in June of providing 10-billion-dollar loans to other SCO members, including some preferential loans; we will establish a regional fund for economic and technology cooperation; develop an SCO telecom satellite service and establish a China-SCO environmental protection cooperation center."
Wen Jiabao also suggested setting up a disaster warning and rescue center, actively carrying out food cooperation, as well as speeding up the construction of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway.
In his speech, Wen spoke highly of the SCO's important role in the region over the last decade.
"The regional group, as a growing family and with a significantly increasing influence, had become a strategic carrier for safeguarding regional peace and stability and promoting common development. With an eye to the SCO's second decade, SCO members should carry forward the "Shanghai Spirit," seize opportunities firmly, and make joint efforts to create a broader outlook for cooperation. "
Meanwhile, Wen Jiabao says the global financial crisis has continued to spill over into the Central Asian region.
"We believe strengthening pragmatic cooperation, increasing the overall ability and the sustainable development of SCO is the only right path to fight against the crisis and challenges. All member states should work together in this regard."
At the one-day event, SCO leaders will approve a list of measures advancing multilateral cooperation on projects between the next few years.
They will also sign a memorandum on enhancing customs cooperation to protect intellectual property rights.
Prime Ministers from the six SCO members China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are attending, as well as five observer states including Mongolia, Pakistan, Iran, India and Afghanistan.
Wen Jiabao will next head to Russia where he is expected to hold talks with his Russian counterpart.
For CRI, this is Li Jing.