Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called on regional countries to reshape the international order at a summit in Uzbekistan presented as a challenge to Western global influence.
The leaders should “work together to promote the development of the international order in a more just and rational direction,” Xi said at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization including the leaders of Russia, China and China. Iran and Central Asian countries.
The SCO – made up of China, India, Pakistan, Russia and the former Soviet Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – was established in 2001 in as a political, economic and security organization to compete with Western institutions.
Xi said at the summit that members should “abandon zero-sum games and bloc politics”, as well as “maintain the international system with the United Nations at its heart”.
In remarks published later Friday by the official Xinhua news agency, Xi urged member states to “continue to carry out joint counter-terrorism drills (and) crack down on the ‘three forces’, drug trafficking , cybercrime and transnational organized crime”.
Chinese officials generally characterize the “three forces” – terrorism, separatism and extremism – as threats to stability in its controversial northwest Xinjiang region.
China has been accused of holding more than a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities there, although Beijing denies the claims.
Xi said China is willing to work with operatives to establish a “training base for counterterrorism professionals” and train 2,000 law enforcement personnel, according to Xinhua.
“At present, profound changes not seen in a century are accelerating, and the world has entered a new period of turbulence and transformation,” Xi was quoted as saying, pointing to the Covid-19 pandemic, economic protectionism and the division of the world into geopolitical blocs. .
“The peace, development, trust and governance deficit continues unabated. Human society is at a crossroads and faces unprecedented challenges,” he said.
He also reportedly said that states “should guard against ‘color revolutions’ instigated by external forces (and) oppose interference in the internal affairs of other countries under any pretext.”