Xi calls for enhanced SCO people-to-people, cultural exchanges

QINGDAO, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday called on member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to forge closer ties through people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

Xi made the remarks at the 18th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the SCO in the coastal city of Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province.

SCO member states should actively implement the outline for environmental protection cooperation and other documents, ensure the continued success of such well-recognized programs as the youth exchange camp, and secure solid progress in cooperation in education, science and technology, culture, tourism, health, disaster relief and media, Xi said.

He said in the next three years, China will provide 3,000 training opportunities of human resources development for SCO member states to enhance public understanding of and support for the SCO family.

China is willing to provide meteorological services to all parties using its Fengyun-2 weather satellites, Xi said.