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SCO a Conductive Anti-terror Force, Jiang to Attend Its Summit in June

Chinese President Jiang Zemin will attend the second summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) slated for St. Petersburg, Russia, in June this year, Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan said Wednesday.

He said as the first international organization putting forward the idea of fighting terrorism all the six member countries of SCO are active participants in the international endeavor to fight terrorist activities.

Since its establishment in 2001, the SCO has all along been firm in the fight against international terrorism, separatism and religious extremism.

The organization is conducive to the regional peace, stability and economic cooperation and the world as a whole, Tang said.

The regional organization, which include China, Russia and four Central Asian countries, is also conducive to the establishment of a just, fair and new international economic order.

The organization also serves the interest of world peace and stability and its further development will play an increasingly important role in advancing regional economic cooperation, he said at a press conference sponsored by the Fifth Session of the Ninth National People's Congress.

(China Daily March 6, 2002)

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