SCO Defense Ministers stress cooperation to maintain regional stability

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Zhang Tao
2016-06-08 22:48

The photo shows the scene of the 13th SCO defense ministers' meeting held in Kazakhstan's Astana on June 8, 2016. The 13th meeting of defense ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states was held in Kazakhstan's Astana on June 8, 2016. The meeting was hosted by Imangali Tasmagambetov, defense minister of Kazakhstan. Present at the meeting were Defense Ministers of China, Russia and Tajikistan, President of the National Defense Affair Committee of Kyrghyzstan, Army Chief of Uzbekistan, the SCO Secretary General and the Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Anti-Terrorism Structure.(mod.gov.cn/Li Xiaowei)
 

ASTANA, June 8 (ChinaMil) -- The 13th meeting of defense ministers of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was held in Kazakhstan's Astana on June 8, 2016. The participating members includes defense ministers of Kazakhstan, China, Russia and Tajikistan, President of the National Defense Affair Committee of Kyrghyzstan, Army Chief of Uzbekistan, the SCO Secretary General and the Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Anti-Terrorism Structure.

The meeting was hosted by Imangali Tasmagambetov, defense minister of Kazakhstan.

Gen. Chang Wanquan, Chinese state councilor and defense minister, led a delegation to attend the meeting. He delivered a speech at the meeting, suggesting that the SCO member states adhere to the "Shanghai Spirit" that means mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respecting for diverse civilizations and seeking common development, take safeguarding regional peace as their top priority, deepen pragmatic cooperation, so as to make new contributions to maintaining regional peace and stability.

Chang stressed that concerning to the South China Sea issue, China is always committed to settling disputes with relevant parties through direct negotiation and friendly consultation on the basis of respecting the historical facts and international law. China also opposes the internationalization of the South China Sea issue and external intervention, Chang said, adding that no matter what kind of ruling the International Tribunal makes, China will not accept nor recognize the adjudication.

The participating members also reached the agreement that the defense departments and militaries of the SCO member states should further deepen cooperation to jointly safeguard regional security and stability, as the current menace of terrorism around the world is rising.

It is learnt that the Joint Communique of SCO Defense Ministers and other documents have been signed during the meeting.

After the meeting, heads of delegations attending the meeting also watched the performance given by seven military bands from SCO member states at the closing ceremony of the "Trumpet of Peace 2016" military music festival. The first "Trumpet of Peace " military music festival was held in August of 2014 in Beijing, capital of China.

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