Baztab News

China’s Xi Welcomes India, Pakistan To SCO, Hails ‘Unity’

10 Jun 2018 Radio Free Europe

Chinese President Xi Jinping ushered Pakistan and India into the political and economic bloc led by China and Russia as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit got under way in the northern port of Qingdao.

Xi on June 10 welcomed Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the gathering, calling their presence "of great historic significance."

"More member states means greater strength of the organization as well as greater attention and expectations of people of regional countries and the international community," Xi said.

Pakistan and India last year joined the economic bloc, which along with China and Russia includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia have SCO observer status.

Opening ceremonies were held on June 9, while June 10 is the main working day.

Xi praised the “unity” of the SCO event, which got under way just as the Group of Seven summit in Canada was ending in what appeared to be disarray.

In that gathering, the United States was at loggerheads on most issues with its traditional allies. After a joint communique was announced, President Donald Trump withdrew his endorsement and had harsh words for the host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Xi, meanwhile, told the SCO that "we also share greater responsibilities in maintaining regional security and stability and promoting development and prosperity."

In recent years, the SCO’s economic component has grown, highlighted by Xi's Belt and Road Initiative, a trillion-dollar foreign policy and infrastructure program.

The Global Times, a Communist Party newspaper, said in a commentary on June 10 that unlike Western organizations like NATO and the G7 -- which seek to "consolidate the global economic order that is favorable to the Western world" – the SCO is inclusive.

It is "is not a tool for geopolitical games, seeking hegemony or engaging in international confrontation," the paper wrote.

On June 9, Xi presented Russian President Vladimir Putin China's first Friendship Medal at an elaborate ceremony in Beijing.

Still, many differences remain among SCO countries, including competition between Beijing and Moscow for influence in the region and the bitter longstanding disputes between nuclear powers Pakistan and India.

The next SCO summit will be held in Kyrgyzstan in June 2019.

With reporting by AP, AFP, TASS, and Reuters

banner - Follow CNR on Twitter and FB

Most Popular

Most-Read Articles


Getting The Boot: Iran Manager Calls Out Nike On World Cup Cleat Snub


With Axes And Hammers, Far-Right Vigilantes Destroy Another Romany Camp In Kyiv


Live Blog: Ukraine In Crisis


'What Are We, A Banana Republic?': The Biting Questions Putin Didn’t Answer


Live Blog: Putin's Annual Call-In Show


Bulgaria To Replace Soviet MiG Jets With NATO Allies' Planes


Chinese Leader Hails Russia Ties As Putin Visits Beijing


No Fireworks As Putin, Officials Read From Same (Dull) Script During Call-In Show


Deadly Attacks Across Afghanistan After Cease-Fire Announced


Trump Repeats Call For Russia's Return To G7, But Final Communique Assails Moscow

Most-Viewed Multimedia


Russia-Ukraine Tensions Rise In Sea Of Azov


Putin: Ukrainian 'Provocations' Would Have 'Severe Consequences'


'Cossacks' To Bolster Police For World Cup Crowd Control


More Questions Than Answers: The Awkward Queries Putin Ignored


Homemade Hydropower In North Ossetia


What Would You Ask Vladimir Putin?


Bosnian-Made Refs' Shoes Set For World Cup Duty


Thoroughbreds Or Posers? Russia’s New-Age Cossacks


Oldest Ever? Chechen Woman Laments Her Long, Hard Life


Unreal: Belarusian Activist Jailed For Fake Protest

Editors' Picks

Iran's World Cup Carpet Diplomacy

That Time I Was A Soviet TV Game-Show Contestant

Gulag Museum Says Moscow Ordered 'Catastrophic' Destruction Of Documents

Boon Or Boondoggle? World Cup Comes To Nizhny Novgorod

The Week In Russia: Meet The New Boss

Eulogy For A Subway: Siberian City Decides To Bury Its Metro Once And For All

Far-Right Vigilantes Destroy Another Romany Camp In Kyiv

Live Blog: Ukraine In Crisis

Latest Multimedia

1968 Revisited: Czechs Honor Moscow Protesters

Russian World Cup City: Boon Or Boondoggle?

Putin: Ukrainian 'Provocations' Would Have 'Severe Consequences'

More Multimedia

Original Link:

Open Original News

More from Radio Free Europe

Latest News: