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China's Hu Calls for Greater SCO Security Cooperation

June 05, 2012

China, Russia, Kazakhstan and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will enhance their joint efforts on regional security to maintain stability and development, Chinese President Hu Jintao said.

The six-nation group, which also include Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, will also play a greater role in Afghanistan’s “peace and reconstruction,” Hu was quoted as saying in a written interview with China’s official People’s Daily newspaper.

The six nations also plan to create better conditions for logistics and travel by reaching an agreement on facilitation of international road transportation, Hu was cited as saying. The newspaper, which is published by China’s Communist Party, didn’t say when such an agreement might be signed.

Beijing is hosting a two-day summit of leaders from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s member states that begins today. The group also includes India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia as observer states and Belarus and Sri Lanka as “dialogue partners.”

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