Xi: Greater democracy in global relations unstoppable
"While hegemony and power politics still persist in this world, the growing call for a more just and equitable international order must be heeded," Chinese President Xi Jinping said at the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit on Sunday.
Xi stressed that greater democracy in international relations is an unstoppable trend of the times.
Noting that unilateralism, trade protectionism and the backlash against globalization are taking new forms, "the pursuit of cooperation for mutual benefit represents a surging trend," Xi added.
"It is the diversity of civilizations that sustains human progress" and "mutual learning between different cultures is a shared aspiration of all peoples," said the Chinese president.
This is the first SCO summit following the body’s first expansion in June 2017 at the Astana summit in Kazakhstan where India and Pakistan were granted full membership. The summit will end on Sunday.