The SCO Secretary-General will take part in the third international conference, Russia and China: Towards a New Quality of Bilateral Relations, to be held in Moscow on 29-30 May.
Prominent politicians and diplomats, heads of international organisations, and representatives of the academic and expert community, and members of the media take part in this traditional international conference. The conference covers a wide range of regional and global issues, especially in the context of promoting a comprehensive strategic partnership between Russia and China.
The conference opened with the plenary session, Russia-China Cooperation in Addressing Global and Regional Issues, with the participation of SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Igor Morgulov, Director of the Institute of Eastern European, Russian and Central Asian Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Li Yongquan, Dean of the Institute of International Studies of the University of Tsinghua Yan Xuetong, Director of the Institute for Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergei Luzyanin, Director of the Institute for the US and Canadian Studies Sergei Rogov, and a number of other prominent academics and researchers.
Speaking at the plenary session, Mr Alimov discussed Russia-China cooperation in Eurasia, primarily within the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
"The broad-based dialogue between Russia and China, and their comprehensive strategic partnership are not only reflected in the state of affairs in the Eurasian region, but also affect the global situation," the Secretary-General noted.
He also pointed out that Russia-China interaction within the SCO framework is a clear example of how national and regional interests can be combined in the interests of everyone. "The history of the SCO teaches us that the path to success always lies through mutual understanding, equality and coordination," the SCO Secretary-General said. "The closer the coordination, the deeper the mutual understanding. The more strictly equality is observed, the stronger and more effective the partnership is within the SCO."
The concern about ensuring common security and stability in the SCO space as a guarantor of sustainable development unites all organisation members. To this end, the SCO has established close cooperation among the SCO member states on the basis of a real partnership.
"The advantage of the SCO is that, through an equitable dialogue, it allows us to seek and find the best solutions to even the most complicated issues. The aggregate result of the maximum possible combination of sovereign rights, national interests and common tasks is a strength of the SCO," Mr Alimov emphasised. It is extremely important that Russia and China view the SCO as a key Eurasian platform for implementing major economic initiatives.
"The transcontinental nature of the SCO makes it possible to view the association as a link between the Asia-Pacific and the Atlantic regions, the countries of South Asia and the Middle East," Mr Alimov said. "In this regard, there are great prospects for expanding interaction of the SCO 8 and the ASEAN 10 in the economic and trade sphere."
The SCO Secretary-General added, "Today, the organisation is on the cusp of adopting the powerful South Asian states India and Pakistan which have already committed themselves to constructive participation in developing and strengthening the existing SCO partner model. With the accession of these countries that enjoy authority in the region and the world, the SCO will go from a regional forum focused on Central Asia to a transcontinental organisation with a scope of responsibilities ranging from the Arctic to the Indian Ocean, from North to South, and from the Chinese city of Lianyungang in the East to the Russian city of Kaliningrad in the West. It is also important that the SCO act as a platform for regular dialogue between the four nuclear powers which account for half of the global nuclear club members."
"The intensification of the economic component of the SCO activity is part of the general trend of the association's development," Mr Alimov said. "India and Pakistan becoming new members will further expand the SCO's capabilities in this area."
The international conference, Russia and China: Towards a New Quality of Bilateral Relations, is an annual event organised by the Russian International Affairs Council. The conference, held in Moscow, consists of plenary sessions and expert panels on the current state of bilateral relations, as well as regional security issues, integration initiatives in Eurasia, and coordinating efforts in the sphere of global governance.
The opening ceremony was attended by Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko.