By Sanjeeb Baruah In an oblique reference to Pakistan and China in his speech at the 19th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has said …Read More
Ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Qingdao on June 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin has underlined that India, China and Russia are ‘major players’ in the eight-member Eurasian …Read More
The ball for the expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was set rolling at its Summit in Ufa, Russia, in July 2015, with the acceptance of applications by India and Pakistan. The process was taken forward at the recent Summit in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on 23-24 June, with the two countries signing the SCO’s ”Memorandum of Obligations”. Over the coming year India will sign around 30 documents, and join as a full Member at the next Summit in Astana, Kazakhstan in June 2017.
India’s membership of the SCO is a win-win proposition for the Organization, for Central Asia, for Russia, for China as well as for India. Members will reap huge benefits if they conduct themselves with responsibility.