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Your Excellency Prime Minister Karim Massimov,

Dear Colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen,



    It is my great pleasure to attend this summit in Astana. Let me thank the Kazakh government for the excellent preparations and thoughtful arrangements made for this meeting. I also wish to extend, on behalf of the Chinese government and people, sincere congratulations to the Kazakh government and people on the 23rd anniversary of independence of Kazakhstan.



    Since last year's heads of government meeting in Tashkent, the SCO member states have, acting in the Shanghai Spirit, scored new achievements in cooperation in various fields. At the Dushanbe Summit last September, Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders of other SCO member states put forward a number of significant initiatives to advance practical cooperation of the SCO. Currently, the international situation is complicated, development of various economies is becoming differentiated and certain regional turbulences have intensified. Given this backdrop, we need to further strengthen cooperation in the security and economic fields as well as in cultural and people-to-people exchanges so that we could seize opportunities and rise up to challenges.



    First, we need to forge a strong shield for regional security and stability.



    The international political and economic situation is undergoing complex changes. China will stay committed to the path of peaceful development and be firm in its efforts to safeguard regional peace, stability and development. And China will work to increase synergy and collaboration with other countries to jointly promote world prosperity and stability. Security cooperation mechanisms need to be improved to oppose terrorism in all its manifestations. It is important that countries give support to the government of Afghanistan in its efforts to achieve early national reconciliation and economic reconstruction, as this is conducive to regional stability and serves the common interests of all countries.



    Second, we need to foster new highlights in regional cooperation.



    As global economic recovery faces difficulties and economic and trade growth of member states gets slowing down, we need to work together to realize industrial cooperation, trade and investment facilitation and financial cooperation, all at higher levels. We need to speed up regional economic integration, create new highlights for regional cooperation and foster new growth areas so as to ensure more dynamic economic growth.



    SCO member states are all at critical stage of development, when stabilizing growth and achieving structural adjustment and upgrading becomes important. Cooperation between various parties is now expanding from trade in natural resources and primary products to in-depth cooperation that involves equipment manufacturing and building of industrial parks. Countries in the region have a huge market demand and China, on its part, is rich in experience in infrastructure construction, has a strong equipment manufacturing capability and could provide cost-effective products. China wants to enhance cooperation with other SCO members in metallurgy, construction materials, transport, power generation, telecommunications, automobile assembling and food processing to complement each other's advantages and achieve win-win outcomes. China has reached agreement with Kazakhstan on conducting cooperation in production capacity and is open to similar cooperation with other parties of the SCO. Dialogue among SCO members could be stepped up on the platform of the SCO energy club so that we could deepen cooperation in energy processing, including oil refining, refined oil processing and in the coal chemical industry. At the same time, we may also encourage new energy projects such as wind, solar and hydro power projects, so as to jointly safeguard energy security. China's initiative to build a Silk Road Economic Belt has much in common with the development strategies of relevant SCO members. China hopes to strengthen consultation and cooperation with various parties to jointly promote industrial transformation and upgrading.



    To establish a trade and investment facilitation mechanism that is results-oriented represents a general trend of economic development and regional cooperation of this region. The Program of multilateral trade and economic cooperation and the List of Activities on further development of joint projects signed by SCO member states need to be implemented in real earnest. China is ready to enhance policy coordination with other parties, reduce trade and investment barriers, widen market access and raise efficiency of customs clearance to ensure better flow of goods, technology, information and personnel. China will launch negotiations with Kazakhstan on a new investment protection treaty and is ready to increase imports from other member states to improve the trade balance. Different trade institutions and arrangements in the region may well complement each other, and China supports the SCO in setting up a dialogue with the Eurasian Economic Commission to jointly study how to tackle new problems occurring under new conditions of regional integration.



    Funding support is necessary for both development and construction projects. China will officially start selection of the first batch of projects under the China-Eurasian Economic Cooperation Foundation, and China is open to the establishment of bilateral underlying funds to support the implementation of economic projects within the region. At the same time, it is necessary to bring into better play the role of such funds as the Silk Road Foundation. We hope that SCO member states will reach consensus to steadily advance the process of establishing an SCO development bank, which will serve as a long-term and stable financing platform of the region. China supports the Kazakh proposal of increasing currency swap and trade settlement in local currencies between SCO member states.


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