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Cooperate more, Wen urges

CHINESE Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday that members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization should expand their efforts in areas such as trade, agriculture and energy.

The Chinese premier put forward the proposal while addressing the 10th SCO prime ministers' meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Wen said the SCO had played a key role in cracking down on terrorism, separatism and extremism and strengthened relations among its member states.

He said, because of the cooperation among SCO's member countries over the past decade, a solid foundation has been built for its development over the next 10 years.

China wants to join other SCO members in ramping up cooperation in all sectors, he said, adding that the SCO's development would favor peace and stability in the region and the world.

He proposed that members step up their cooperation in agriculture, economy and trade, finance, technology and energy, and promote exchanges among youth as well as cooperation between member nations and observer states.

The SCO groups China and Russia with the central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan are SCO observer states while Sri Lanka and Belarus are dialogue partners.

Earlier yesterday, Wen met with Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. Wen stressed that China firmly supported Pakistan's drive to safeguard its national sovereignty and was willing to work with Pakistan to meet the security challenges.

China will provide assistance for Pakistan's economic and social development, including its post-quake reconstruction efforts, Wen said.


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