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How much power does the China and Russia-led SCO wield?

10 June 2018, 08:12 | Taylor George

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks to reporters in Tehran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks to reporters in Tehran

This comes six weeks after they had decided in Wuhan, at an informal summit, to issue "strategic guidance" to the militaries to avoid another Doklam-type situation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to take a strong stand on fighting terrorism when he delivers India's first address to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) leaders' summit on Sunday.

Xi's visit will be preceded by a flurry of high-level meetings this year, including meetings between the foreign, defence and home ministers and the national security advisers. Indian pharmaceuticals are another potential item of export to China, he said.

Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi. Besides Modi, other leaders attending the summit in this picturesque coastal city of China's Shandong province include President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain. "He stated that it was a new starting point in our bilateral relationship".

Matters pertaining to bilateral relations between Pakistan and China came under discussion during the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of State meeting. "Our talks will add further vigor to the India-China friendship".

"The Shanghai Spirit's focus on seeking common ground while setting aside differences and pursuing mutually beneficial cooperation has won widespread global endorsement and support", the Chinese president said.

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Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said on Saturday that President Jinping has also accepted PM Modi's invite to India for an informal summit next year, in a move to strengthen the bilateral ties. Within hours of his arrival the prime minister had talks with the organisation's Secretary General Rashid Alimov.

Participants at the summit will discuss about issues including information security, combating cross-border crime and the formation of permanent bodies to ensure law enforcement and security, he said.

Gokhale said Xi referred to the growing popularity of Indian films and not only spoke about the success of the movie Dangal in China, but also mentioned that Baahubali 2 and other Hindi movies had done well in the country. "In that context a new people-to-people mechanism will be set up, headed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the Indian side and by State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi". The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Though not officially on the agenda, analysts say that one key topic of discussion this year may focus on whether Iran will be allowed to ascend from its position as an SCO observer to become a full member state - a development it has sought since 2008 but has been unable to achieve while subject to United Nations sanctions.

"Increasing awareness of our shared cultures can help boost this number.We will organise a SCO food festival and a Buddhist festival in India", he said.



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