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Premier Li Keqiang Holds Welcome Banquet for Leaders Attending 14th Meeting of Council of Heads (Prime Ministers) of SCO Member States

On the evening of December 14, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang held a welcome banquet for leaders attending the 14th meeting of the Council of Heads (Prime Ministers) of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Zhengzhou of Henan Province. Leaders of Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia and other countries attended the event.

Li Keqiang said in the speech that over the past 14 years, the SCO has worked out a road of good-neighborliness, friendship and win-win cooperation, always upheld the “Shanghai Spirit” featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect to diversified civilizations and pursuit of common development so as to build a harmonious region, dealt with relations between countries and the SCO affairs under the principle of consultation for consensus, always followed the principle of non-alignment, non-confrontation, non-targeting at any third party and opening up to the outside to participate in regional and international affairs, and jointly promoted stability, peace and prosperity of the region and the world.

Li Keqiang pointed out that leaders of the SCO member states and observer states as well as heads of relevant international organizations and institutions come to China to attend the meeting, showing the SCO’s increasing influence in the international community and explaining the profound friendship and good atmosphere of the SCO as a “big family.” Under the background of sluggish global economic recovery and downward pressure on many countries’ economy, China expects the meeting to promote a better connection of the development strategies of the countries, deeply advance international production capacity cooperation and boost in-depth exchanges of views among the countries on international and regional issues of common concern.

Li Keqiang noted that Henan Province where the meeting is held lies in China’s Central Plain. As an important birthplace of the Chinese nation and the 5000-year Chinese civilization, Henan has an important position in China’s modernization construction, reform and opening up. It has carried out close economic and trade contacts as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges with the SCO member states and observer states. Long history and new development best portray the traditional friendship and practical cooperation of the participating countries. China is willing to work with all sides to promote SCO cooperation and exchanges for a constant deepening, and create more opportunities for closer mutually beneficial cooperation of China and all sides such as the SCO member states and observer states so as to benefit peoples of all countries in the region.

Prior to the banquet, Li Keqiang visited the exhibition of achievements in Henan’s cooperation with the SCO member states with the participating leaders, listened to the detailed introduction of relevant information by leaders of Henan, and had friendly exchanges with the participating leaders.

State Councilor Yang Jing attended the event.

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