Friday, December 15, 2017

Chinese consulate meets in Yekaterinburg to discuss Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit preparations

The Chinese consulate in Yekaterinburg hosted a meeting on Wednesday to discuss preparations for the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek.

The meeting was led by China's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Cheng Guoping and SCO Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev. Representatives from SCO member states Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were also present.

During the meeting, Guoping praised and expressed gratitude to member states for their work in implementing consensus measures reached during last year's Beijing Summit.

Upon the conclusion of the meeting, each attendee expressed the enthusiasm of their respective country in continuing with the spirit of cooperation through the SCO.

The SCO, initially referred to as the Shanghai Five, was formed in 1996 to demilitarize the border between the former Soviet Union and China and currently serves as a forum to discuss trade and security issues. The organization added Uzbekistan to its list of member states in 2001 before renaming itself as the SCO.