Chinese President Hu Jintao called today for the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation to "play a bigger role in Afghanistan's peaceful reconstruction."
Speaking before the two-day Beijing summit, Mr Hu said the bloc, which comprises China, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, advocates "a new security concept."
He emphasised that member states should explore development paths suited to their individual conditions and fight interventionism.
He said Asian states should continue to manage their own regional affairs and play a bigger role in the peaceful reconstruction of Afghanistan.
China's state-owned National Petroleum Corporation signed a deal in December allowing it to become the first foreign company to exploit Afghanistan's oil reserves.
China has contributed substantial aid to Afghanistan over the past decade in the form of infrastructure investment and scholarships for Afghan students.
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