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Shanghai Cooperation Organization Qingdao Summit
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Stamp Title: Shanghai Cooperation Organization Qingdao Summit
Serial Number: 2018-16
Value in Set: 1
Denomination: 1.2 yuan
Date of Issue: 2018-06-09
Designer: Yu Qiuyan and Xing Wenwei
Size of Stamp: 50×30mm
Perforation: 13
Sheet Composition: 16 for Layout I and 8 for Layout II
Printer: Beijing Stamp Printing House
Printing Process: Heliographic printing process for Layout I and offset printing process for Layout II

China Post was scheduled to issue the commemorative stamp of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Qingdao Summit, with a denomination of 1.2 yuan (0.187 U.S. dollars), on June 9, 2018.

The SCO, founded in 1996 as a group known as the Shanghai Five, is a loosely configured economic and military alliance between the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the Kyrgyz Republic, and the republics of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan joined the SCO as full members on  June 9, 2017 at a summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The SCO has four observer states, namely the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Republic of Belarus, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Republic of Mongolia.

It has six dialogue partners, namely the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the Republic of Turkey, and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

The SCO's main goals are as follows: strengthening mutual trust and neighborliness among the member states; promoting their effective cooperation in politics, trade, the economy, research, technology and culture, as well as in education, energy, transport, tourism, environmental protection, and other areas; making joint efforts to maintain and ensure peace, security and stability in the region; and moving towards the establishment of a democratic, fair and rational new international political and economic order.

Proceeding from the Shanghai Spirit, the SCO pursues its internal policy based on the principles of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, mutual consultations, respect for cultural diversity, and a desire for common development, while its external policy is conducted in accordance with the principles of non-alignment, non-targeting of any third country, and openness.

The Heads of States Council (HSC) is the supreme decision-making body in the SCO. It meets once a year and adopts decisions and guidelines on all important matters of the organization. The SCO's official languages are Russian and Chinese.

 The 18th SCO Summit, which was the 18th conference of the HSC, was scheduled from June 9 to 10 in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. China Post issued a set of one commemorative stamp of the SCO Qingdao Summit.

The stamp depicts the SCO emblem and the SCO Qingdao Summit Media Center which is the main stadium of the summit, and is decorated with propitious clouds and seagulls.

At the bottom of the frame are depicted a trestle bridge, sailboat, lighthouse and ship, displaying the characteristics of Qingdao.

This set of stamps was designed by Yu Qiuyan and Xing Wenwei, and printed by the Beijing Stamp Printing House using the heliographic printing process for Layout I and offset printing process for Layout II.

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