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Entry of India, Pakistan strengthens security cooperation of SCO: Chinese official

Entry of India, Pakistan strengthens security cooperation of SCO: Chinese official

Qingdao: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi gears up for a series of meetings at Qingdao, it's worth taking a looking at why the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a unique gathering of countries, and what the special significance of this grouping is.

The two countries will also hold a dialogue of their defence and Home ministers and have set a target of $100 billion in trade by the year 2020.

About the SCO summit, officials said India will pitch for evolving effective ways to deal with the growing challenge of terrorism and enhancing security cooperation among SCO countries. They also agreed - as decided during their first informal summit at Wuhan in April - to maintain strategic communications through various channels, including telephone calls and frequent meetings on the sidelines of multilateral events.

Tweeting about Saturday's meeting, China's envoy to India, Luo Zhaohui, said Xi and Modi had discussed the "implementation of Wuhan consensus and drawing (up a) blueprint for future China-India relations".

Hours after his arrival in this port city, Modi is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Xi tomorrow during which the two leaders are expected to explore ways to deepen ties in areas of trade and investment besides reviewing the overall bilateral cooperation.

In the wake of Washington's strained ties with both Russia and China, and Iran, officials said the SCO summit will provide an opportunity for President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to portray a common vision for the region and present the bloc as a powerful voice to deal with pressing global issues.

The Indian foreign secretary agreed, saying the talks were "underpinned by the spirit of the Wuhan summit".

"Met this year's SCO host, President Xi Jinping this evening".

The two leaders also deliberated on initiating a joint project in Afghanistan which will be in the sphere of capacity building.

After their entry, the SCO will be able to better respond to new expectations in the security domain from people within the region and the worldwide community, he said.

"On the Indian side, it will be headed by the external affairs minister (Sushma Swaraj) while on Chinese side, it will be headed by state councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi". The two leaders also agreed to continue close coordination and cooperation on all issues of mutual interest.

An MoU on sharing hydrological information on the Brahmaputra river by China and another pact on amendment of the protocol on phytosanitary requirements for exporting non-Basmati rice from India to China were signed after the talks.

This year's summit was expected to focus on the fight against terrorism, organized crime and cybersecurity, as well as trade and China's global infrastructure program.


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