SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan – China’s President Xi Jinping on Friday called for regional countries to reshape the international order at a summit in Uzbekistan touted as a challenge to Western global influence.

Leaders should “work together to promote the development of the international order in a more just and rational direction”, Mr Xi said at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which included the leaders of Russia, Iran and central Asian countries.

He added that China will train 2,000 law enforcement personnel over the next five years for member countries of the SCO.

Mr Xi said countries should work on preventing foreign forces from instigating “colour revolutions” and repeated a call for all countries to stop “zero-sum games and bloc politics”.

He also invited all countries to sign up to China’s Global Security Initiative. AFP, REUTERS