Geng Shuang, spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, listens to a reporter’s question during a press briefing on Feb 9, 2018. Geng said on Feb 14, 2018 that China will work with related parties to make upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit a success. (PHOTO SOURCE: FMPRC.GOV.CN)
BEIJING – China is intensifying communication with the members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) regarding preparations for the bloc’s upcoming summit scheduled to be held in Qingdao in June, according to China’s foreign ministry.
China will work with related parties to make the summit a success to inject new driving force into the development of the regional organization, Geng Shuang, spokesperson for the ministry, said Wednesday.
Asked to comment on news reports that the next Russian president is expected to attend the summit, Geng said China will welcome the attendance by the new president of Russia since the country is an important member of the SCO.
Total eight candidates, including incumbent President Vladimir Putin, have been officially confirmed to running in Russia's March 18 presidential elections.
Geng said that the presidents of China and Russia exchange visits annually, and the two leaders also maintain close contact via bilateral or multilateral meetings, letters, and phone calls.
China believes the leaders of China and Russia will continue close contact this year to guide development of the bilateral relationship to a high level, added the spokesperson.