Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the 20th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing on Nov. 10, at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Le Yucheng on Thursday.

The Vice-Foreign minister told a media briefing in Beijing that the meeting will be hosted via video link by Russia and it is of great significance as it is the first time for President Xi Jinping to attend a summit of the multilateral organization after the fifth plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Le Yucheng described it as China’s major multilateral diplomatic initiative this year.

During the meeting, Le said, the participating parties will exchange views mainly on the priority tasks of further strengthening SCO cooperation and major international and regional issues against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Le said that since the SCO was founded 19 years ago, it has achieved fruitful results in cooperation.

The SCO has resolved disputes and differences through dialogue and consultation, worked together to address non-traditional security threats such as the “three forces” (terrorism, separatism and extremism) and further synchronized each other’s development strategies and regional cooperation initiatives with other countries to promote regional economic integration and development, Le said.

Le said that President Xi and other leaders will explore into depth new ways and new measures to cope with risks and challenges and work together to promote security, stability and revitalization through development.

They will put forward a series of proposals and initiatives on how to carry forward the “Shanghai Spirit”, consolidate unity and mutual trust, deepen cooperation in all areas and how to strengthen the interconnection of the Belt & Road initiative with the development strategies and regional cooperation initiatives of other countries and how to push ahead a sustained, healthy and stable development of SCO in the post-pandemic era.

Leaders of the member states will issue a declaration and approve cooperation documents that cover wide-ranging areas.