Chinese defense minister attends 14th SCO defense ministers’ meeting

China Military Online
Yao Jianing

ASTANA, June 8 (ChinaMil) -- The 14th conference of defense ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states was held in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, on June 7. Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Chang Wanquan led a delegation to attend and address the meeting.

General Chang said at the meeting that Chinese President Xi Jinping put forward a great initiative of discussing ways to boost cooperation, building cooperation platforms and sharing cooperation outcomes at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation.

Chang expressed that the steady promotion of the Belt and Road construction has provided a huge opportunity for SCO’s future development, and the SCO’s defense and security cooperation should build a good security environment for the Belt and Road construction to fit the development strategies of various countries in the current and future periods.

Chang mentioned that this year marks the 15th anniversary of the SCO Charter and the 10th anniversary of the Treaty on Long-Term Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation of the SCO member states.

He believed that the SCO will continuously maintain good momentum for development, and its member states will comprehensively deepen their pragmatic cooperation in a wide range of areas.

Chang stressed that under the current situation of increasing international terrorism threats, the defense departments and militaries of various SCO member states should comprehensively implement the “Shanghai Spirit” of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development, constantly improve the defense and security cooperative mechanism and resolutely safeguard regional security and stability.

Leaders of defense departments and militaries from various SCO member states for the meeting signed a Joint Communiqué of Defense Ministers of the SCO member states.

During the meeting, Chang also respectively met with leaders of defense departments from countries including Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan, and exchanged views with them on issues of common concern, including bilateral military cooperation.

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