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China Affirms SCO Has Come of Age, Key for ‘New Strategic Arrangements’ for Food and Energy

Sept. 15, 2022 (EIRNS)—The semi-official China Daily issued its editorial today on the role of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the world on its 20th anniversary this year. It calls for the SCO to play “a more active role not only in upholding regional security and stability, but also in promoting development and prosperity.... The fast expanding influence of the SCO attests to the fact that the organization is viewed by the countries of the Silk Road Economic Belt as a vital safeguard for international norms and multilateralism.”

By its figures, the SCO represents about 80% of Eurasia’s landmass, and 24% of the global GDP, and is a “partnership characterized by non-alignment, dialogue and non-confrontation, and a practical vehicle for exploring the building of a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind.” Hence, there is no getting around that

“the SCO is also assuming the role of being a practical driver of development. With the world now facing unprecedented energy and food crises partly due to disrupted global supply chains, the SCO and its partners will work at the summit to make new strategic arrangements to stabilize the SCO development environment for the benefit of all countries.”

In an earlier article, introducing readers to this year’s SCO Heads of State Council meeting, China Daily noted that the combined GDP of the SCO nations was now $23.3 trillion, or 13 times higher than when the SCO was created 20 years ago. Further, China’s total trade with the other SCO members rose 40% in the last year, and is now at $343.1 billion. This is attributed to taking into account the development strategies of various countries along their Belt and Road infrastructure projects.

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