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

10 June 2018

The entry of India and Pakistan into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will strengthen security cooperation in the eight-member grouping, a top Chinese official said ahead of the SCO summit starting in Qingdao city tomorrow.

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Russia, Iran and other allies confronting rising tensions with the USA over trade and Washington's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal will be in attendance. Observer status is granted to Mongolia, Iran, Belarus and Afghanistan.

During the summit, SCO countries are expected to ink a batch of documents on customs cooperation, trade, agriculture, tourism and environment.

The Chinese President welcomed Pakistan's representation in the Organization as a member.

Top leaders of India, Russia, and China and some of their close allies will converge here tomorrow for the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit which will explore concrete ways to bolster cooperation in the fight against terrorism, extremism and radicalisation besides deliberating on pressing global issues.

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The 2015 nuclear deal lifted that barrier. We had detailed discussions on bilateral and global issues.

The President said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor was an important part of Belt and Road Project.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has been seeking a bilateral meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, hoping to capitalize on Iranian estrangement from the G7 nations after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

India is also keen on deepening its security-related cooperation with the SCO and its Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) which specifically deals with issues relating to security and defence.

The SCO was set up by China in 2001 for political, economic and security cooperation amongst Eurasian countries and now includes Russia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Terrorism is the most severe security challenge the SCO faces.

India and China on Saturday agreed on measures to build on the consensus achieved by their leaders during recent talks in Wuhan, including the next informal summit to be held in India in 2019 and steps to maintain peace along the disputed border.

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