SCO summit on June 9-10: Chinese media says India, Pak at meet make it special
India and Pakistan will participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as full-fledged members for the first time at the Qingdao summit to be held in China on June 9-10. The Chinese media has welcomed the occasion and said the presence of the two South Asian countries will give the SCO summit a "special meaning".
The Global Times operated by China's state-run People's Daily said in a post on Sunday, June 3, that the SCO has developed a new kind of regional cooperation and community of shared future and it plays an important role in promoting regional stability and development using a new kind of international relations that seek win-win cooperation.
The SCO works on several key issues like counter-terrorism, corruption, anti-drugs cooperation, strategic and defence security, regional peace and security and even people-to-people contacts. With India and Pakistan joining it as full members, its framework of operation becomes geographically wider and makes the SCO a group to have a wider implication.
Chinese President Xi Jinping noted in September 2014: "To expand external exchanges and bring in new members serve the need of a growing SCO that is inherently open and inclusive," the Global Times said about its expansion.
It said the SCO's international status heightened and it also became the biggest regional organisation with the largest population and potential after India and Pakistan joined it. China, the world's most populous state, is already a part of it. Pakistan is the sixth most populous while Russia, another member of the group, is the ninth most populous state in the world.
The Global Times report also said India and Pakistan would also bring new issues to the SCO's table. It said to resolve their problems, the member states should stick to the "Shanghai Spirit" of mutual trust and benefit, equality, consultation, pursuit of common development, etc.
It said the 2018 summit of the SCO - its 18th since the formation in 2001- will see ratification of a five-year outline for the implementation of the Treaty on Long-term Good Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation. It said the SCO member-states might speak over deepening cooperation and arrive at consensus on key international and regional issues to help the group play a better role in ensuring regional security, promoting development and prosperity and make the global order fairer and more reasonable.
Besides China, India, Pakistan and Russia, the SCO has the four Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as its members. The remaining Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan did not join the SCO because of its policy of neutrality.