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India to Host a Virtual SCO Summit Today: Security, Connectivity, and Trade in Focus

  • Posted on July 4, 2023
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  • By Kanupreet Kaur
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), TSW News, Latest News

In a significant diplomatic gathering, the leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries convened in India for the SCO Summit.

The high-profile event brings together heads of state, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, with security, connectivity, and trade emerging as focal points of discussion.

The summit, hosted by India for the first time since its induction as a full member in 2017, aims to strengthen cooperation among the SCO nations, foster regional stability, and promote economic growth in the face of global challenges.

Security issues feature prominently on the summit’s agenda, with the SCO member countries expressing concerns about terrorism, separatism, and extremism in the region. The leaders will discuss collaborative efforts to combat these threats through intelligence sharing, joint military exercises, and coordination in border security.

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India to host virtual SCO summit on Tuesday with Chinese President and Pakistan PM in attendance.

The SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) is expected to play a vital role in
facilitating enhanced cooperation among member states. During the conference on
Tuesday, Belarus will also sign a memorandum of responsibilities to join as a
member state, in addition to Iran becoming a full member.

The virtual summit is anticipated to cover the security situation in Afghanistan, the Ukraine issue, and strengthening collaboration between SCO nations, particularly means to improve economic connection and trade.

In this regard, India has made a number of recent efforts to improve connectivity and commerce with central Asian republics. The SCO’s “SECURE” theme for India’s presidency is security, economic growth, connectivity, unity, respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, and environmental preservation.

India has urged for more collaboration on anti-radicalization measures as part of the emphasis on regional security. As part of the SCO, India also established five pillars and priority areas for cooperation: start-ups and innovation, digital inclusion, youth empowerment, traditional medicine, and shared Buddhist history.

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The impact on the trade-related developments post-SCO meet and whether arch-rivals India, China and Pakistan can mend ties as India is all set to host the 2023 summit.

According to the sources, new initiatives in these sectors are anticipated to be
mentioned in the joint declaration and other papers that will be released following the summit.

The summit also presents an opportunity for bilateral meetings on the sidelines,
fostering deeper diplomatic ties among member states. President Xi Jinping and
President Vladimir Putin are expected to hold discussions with Indian Prime Minister
Narendra Modi to further strengthen the respective partnerships and explore
avenues for trilateral cooperation.

India’s hosting of the SCO Summit underscores its growing importance as a regional
player and its commitment to multilateralism. The country aims to leverage the event to foster dialogue, promote peace, and enhance economic integration among the SCO member countries.

The SCO Summit in India holds immense significance for the participating nations,
signalling their commitment to addressing shared security concerns, advancing
connectivity, and harnessing the economic potential of the region.

As the leaders engage in fruitful discussions, the world will keenly observe the
outcomes of the summit and its implications for regional cooperation and stability in
the years to come.

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