|Sonia Masood (Front, L2) and other members of the SCO Women's Club visit the former residence of Madame Soong Ching Ling on April 5, 2017. [Photo by Chen Boyuan / China.org.cn]|
Some members in the Women's Club of Shanghai Cooperation Organization paid tribute to Madame Soong Ching Ling on April 5, 2017 at her former residence in downtown Beijing.
Around a dozen members of the Women's Club of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) paid tribute to Madame Soong Ching Ling, wife of Dr. Sun Yat-sun and honorary president of China on April 5, 2017 at her former residence in downtown Beijing.
SCO Women's Club consists of female diplomats and wives of ambassadors of SCO member states, along with the observer states and dialogue partners.
The tour was part of the Begonia Festival organized by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation (CSCLF), whose aims include promoting communications on the cultural and educational fronts.
The CSCLF and the SCO Women's Club pledged to hold more cultural activities together in the future to boost the people-to-people exchanges between China and other SCO countries. They both agreed that close ties among the peoples are the foundation of amity among the governments.
Zamira Asimova, wife of SCO Secretary-General and the Tajik ambassador to China Rashid Alimov, was among the many members of the SCO Women's Club who admired Madame Soong as an extraordinarily outstanding female leader.
Asimova said Madame Soong set a good example for how women could shoulder a larger responsibility for a country's peace and development as well as its people's welfare and prosperity.
Sonia Masood, wife of the Pakistani ambassador to China Masood Khalid, represents Pakistan in the club. Pakistan and India are currently two acceding states to the SCO.
She said that once Pakistan becomes a full member of the SCO, the "all-weather" ties between Pakistan and China will be further strengthened within the SCO framework. She also added that SCO might be a new dialogue platform for disputes between Pakistan and India, including border issues.