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China’s Xi Urges Central Asian States to Help Stop Uprisings

President Xi Jinping called on Friday for Russia and other members of the SCO to help each other stop foreign powers from instigating popular ‘colour revolutions’ inside their countries


Chinese officials have asked major US banks to avoid publishing politically sensitive research prior to the national congress this month.
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a meeting of the council of heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states at a summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on Sept 16, 2022. Photo: Sultan Dosaliev, Kyrgyz Presidential Press Service h'out via Reuters.

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Friday for Russia and other members of a pan-Asian group to support each other in preventing foreign powers from instigating “colour revolutions”.

The expression refers to popular uprisings inside countries that have shaken former Communist nations.

Speaking in Uzbekistan at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a security grouping led by China and Russia, Xi said member countries should support efforts that member states have made to safeguard their own security and development interests.

Xi did not mention Ukraine, which Russia invaded in February in what Russian President Vladimir calls a “special military operation” to protect Russian speakers from “genocide” by Ukraine’s government, a claim strongly rejected by Ukraine.

He also said that China will train 2,000 law enforcement personnel from member countries over the next five years and set up a training base focusing on anti-terrorism work.

He invited member countries to sign up to China’s Global Security Initiative, a concept he proposed in April which includes the idea that no country should strengthen its own security at the expense of others.

China will provide 1.5 billion yuan ($214 million) worth of grain and other emergency aid to developing countries, Xi said, adding that the Chinese economy is resilient and “full of potential”.

China’s economy narrowly escaped a contraction in the April-to-June quarter, hobbled by Covid-19 lockdowns of cities, a deepening downturn in the property market and persistently soft consumer spending.

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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