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

Meeting of the SCO heads of government

Meeting of the SCO heads of government

During their meeting, which came almost six weeks after the Wuhan summit, the two leaders discussed a blueprint for deepening the bilateral relationship and reviewed the implementation of decisions they had taken in the central Chinese city.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in China on Saturday to attend the 2-day long 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. This is the PM's second visit to China in the last 6 weeks.

India has been strongly pushing for connectivity projects like the Chabahar port project and International North-South Transport Corridor to gain access to resource-rich central Asian countries.

Appreciating the Belt and Road Initiative and personal attention by President Xi Jinping to CPEC, President Mamnoon Hussain emphasized that as a flagship project, CPEC is a successful model of this initiative. 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.

"The Qingdao summit is a new departure point for us".

China hosts the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), as G7 leaders meet in Canada.

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

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In his remarks, Xi recalled the meeting with Modi in Wuhan, how well it had been received, and said a positive atmosphere was taking shape to support China-India relations.

Luo said it was the 14th meeting between the two leaders over past four years.

Though new and old contentious issues remain, there has been a turnaround in bilateral ties since the military standoff was resolved last August. Gokhale also said that the bilateral meeting between the two leaders, on the sidelines of the SCO summit, was "positive". Xi also called for inclusive development and sustainable security, saying they can be achieved by enhancing mutual trust and the foundations for shared peace and security. "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 leaders are also expected to review the situation in the Korean peninsula, Afghanistan and Syria.

The SCO, launched in 2001 mainly to combat radical Islam and other security concerns across Central Asia, added traditional rivals India and Pakistan as members previous year.

The first MoU was inked between China's Ministry of Water Resources and India's Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation upon provision of hydrological information of the Brahmaputra river in flood season by China to India.

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