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On June 15, a summit meeting commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be held in Astana, the capital of
Ten years ago, the international political and economic order was on the eve of profound adjustment. Terrorist, extremist and separatist forces became the biggest menace to regional security and stability. Countries in the region shared a growing desire to enhance mutual trust, carry out mutually beneficial cooperation and address challenges through joint efforts. It was against this background that the SCO came into being.
Over the past 10 years, the SCO member states have signed more than 100 important cooperation documents and established multi-tiered, wide-ranging consultation mechanisms. They have made considerable progress in their cooperation. From the Declaration on the Establishment of the SCO to the Treaty of Long-term Good-Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation, from the Shanghai Convention on Combating Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism to the Agreement on Intergovernmental Cooperation in Ensuring International Information Security, from the Program on Multilateral Economic and Trade Cooperation to the Agreement on Intergovernmental Cultural Cooperation, SCO cooperation has been broadening and deepening, covering political, security, economic, cultural and other fields.
The SCO takes fighting terrorist, extremist and separatist forces as its most important mission. The member states stated their determination to fight the three forces at their very first summit. Since then, they have worked hard to maintain the security of the member states and the entire region. Over the last 10 years, they have conducted more than 10 joint counter-terrorism exercises, jointly fought against drug trafficking and transnational organized crime and expanded their cooperation to include combating money laundering and ensuring security during major international events.
The SCO is committed to advancing regional economic integration and endeavors to promote region-wide common prosperity. The parties have engaged in practical cooperation in finance, energy, transportation, telecommunications and agriculture, made concerted efforts to counter the financial crisis and address challenges brought by globalization, and made substantial progress in trade and investment facilitation and connectivity.
The purposes and principles of the SCO are widely recognized by the international community. An increasing number of countries and international organizations have expressed the hope of establishing cooperative ties with the SCO and it now has four observer states, namely
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