Minister of Justice Tang Yijun attended and spoke at the eighth meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) for the justice ministers of its member states via video link on Aug 6.
Minister of Justice Tang Yijun speaks at the eighth meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) for the justice ministers of its member states. [Photo/moj.gov.cn]
Noting that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the SCO, Tang said that the organization has found a new path for the cooperation and development of new-type regional organizations over the past 20 years, and has made important contributions to the regional safety, stability, development and prosperity.
Since the establishment of a meeting mechanism for the justice ministers of SCO member states in 2013, countries in the region have been constantly deepening their legal communication and cooperation, playing a critical role in promoting the rule of law and maintaining regional peace and stability, said Tang.
He stressed that China has achieved major strategic outcomes in pandemic prevention and control since the outbreak of COVID-19.
By boosting China's capability for law-based pandemic control in all respects, carrying out multi and bi-lateral cooperation, enhancing the country's public legal service system, and launching nationwide legal publicity campaigns, China's Ministry of Justice has drawn on the rule of law to provide strong support for pandemic prevention and control, he said.
Referring to the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic to the international situation, Tang called for upholding the "Shanghai Spirit" and strengthening solidarity and cooperation.
He said that China's Ministry of Justice is willing to cooperating with justice ministries of other SCO state members in improving the meeting mechanism, enhancing the collaborative role of the judicial force in controlling the pandemic, and deepening communication and cooperation among member states in the legal service area.
The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Tajikistan.