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Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on His Visits to Three Countries:The Visits Have Achieved Positive Outcomes

On May 22, 2010, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi gave an exclusive interview to Xinhua News Agency, CCTV and CRI and introduced his recent visits to Tunisia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, as well as his attendance at the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

On his visits to the three countries, Yang said Tunisia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan are important of nations in the Arab world, East Europe and Central Asia respectively. Tunisia will hold the fifth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab Cooperation Forum in 2012. Ukraine is a big European country with huge potential for development and the country has entered a new stage of development since the new government took office. Uzbekistan is holding the rotating presidency of the SCO and this year's SCO summit will be held in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

Yang said at the invitation of the foreign ministers of the three countries, he had visited Tunisia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, and attended the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tashkent. The visits, which were aimed at deepening understanding, consolidating friendship and boosting cooperation, have achieved positive outcome. During his visits, Yang met with the presidents of the three countries, met with the parliament speaker and prime minister of Ukraine and held talks with his counterparts of the three nations. During the visits and talks, both sides exchanged in-depth views on bilateral ties as well as international and regional issues of common concern. The three nations spoke highly of China's development achievements, appreciated the positive and constructive role China has played in international and regional affairs and congratulated China on the success of the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo and the fourth ministerial meeting of China-Arab Cooperation Forum. The three states said they valued their traditional friendships with China and regarded China's development as an opportunity for all countries. The leaders of Tunisia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan expressed willingness to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation, high-level contacts and political mutual trust with China, Yang said. They looked forward to deepening their relationships with China from a strategic and long-term perspective. Yang noted he and leaders of the three nations held in-depth discussion about how to step up pragmatic cooperation and broad consensus has been reached. The four countries agreed that it is necessary to look into new ways of cooperation, especially in trade and economy, Yang said. China and the three countries pledged to expand mutually beneficial cooperation in telecommunication, energy, science and technology and infrastructure construction, he said. They also decided to promote cultural, people-to-people and youth exchanges, and deepen mutual understanding, Yang said. "The four nations are ready to work together to safeguard world and regional peace, stability and development," Yang said. To that end, the foreign minister said, the countries pledged to enhance consultation and coordination in major international and regional affairs. They also pledged, he said, to strengthen cooperation within the frameworks of the United Nations, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the China-Arab Cooperation Forum and the China-Africa Cooperation Forum.

The Tunisian side pledged to enhance communication and cooperation with China, work together to ensure the next ministerial meeting of China-Arab Cooperation Forum a success and push forward China-Arab collective cooperation. The Ukrainian side vowed to work with China to implement in earnest the consensus on advancing China-Ukraine relations reached by Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych at the talks on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in April, to seize the new opportunities facing China-Ukraine relations and to push bilateral cooperation in all areas to a new level. The Uzbek side pledged to work closely with China to ensure the success of the SCO Tashkent summit in June.

On the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Yang said the SCO has stood the tests and maintained the momentum of healthy and stable development against the complex and fluctuating international and regional situation since last year. But the uncertain and unstable factors in the international situation are clearly on the rise at present and it still takes time for the world economy to completely recover. The "three forces" in the region threaten the security and stability of regional members. In the new situation, all SCO member countries are committed to strengthening solidarity and mutual trust within the organization, promoting pragmatic cooperation and deepening security cooperation. The role and influence of the SCO are expanding on the whole.

Yang said the foreign ministers meeting was mainly aimed at making sure the SOC members are politically prepared for the bloc's Tashkent summit in June. During the meeting, the SOO members agreed that they would steadfastly implement all the important consensus concerning the SCO's development reached by their leaders, he said. Moreover, they should effectively deal with constantly emerging threats and challenges so as to safeguard the fundamental interests of the bloc and its members, and help the bloc play a bigger role in promoting regional peace, stability and development, Yang said. To this end, all member countries should step up policy coordination and improve strategic collaboration; deepen security cooperation and maintain regional stability; and expand economic cooperation and boost regional development. The meeting made careful preparations for the success of the SCO Tashkent summit and reached important consensus on the task and direction for the next-phase work.



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