On the afternoon of December 15, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attended the 13th meeting of the Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.
According to Russian media, Li announced at the meeting that China is willing to provide financial support to SCO countries to help them overcome the economic crisis. The media also reported that Li further stated that China is willing to take such measures in bilateral cooperation with Kazakhstan and other SCO countries or partners, and that this effort will help these countries to deal successfully with the economic downturn and to modernize production.
The SCO was founded in Shanghai in 2001. The SCO members are Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Iran, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Pakistan and India have observer status. Dialogue partners include Belarus, Sri Lanka and Turkey.
Source: China Enterprises Investment Association, December 16,