New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Shanghai on Saturday to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in China. He will also hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping other than the conference. After becoming a full member of the SCO, India is participating in the SCO summit for the first time. India became a full member of this organization with Pakistan in June 2017. SCO is a Eurasian intergovernmental organization, whose formation was announced in 2001 in Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in Shanghai. When Modi’s exit, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ravish Kumar tweeted, “SCO is focused on political, economic, security and cultural cooperation and enables India to engage with Central Asian countries.”
PM’s 10 major issues related to China tour
- PM Modi Qingdao will arrive at 1.20 pm in the afternoon. Modi is also expected to hold a bilateral meeting with Shi after reaching Qingdao on Saturday afternoon. There is a possibility of discussing issues including business, investment.
- This is China’s second visit to Prime Minister Modi this year. 6 weeks ago PM Modi reached Wuhan city of China for an informal meeting with Modi Jinping. Where discussions were made to strengthen the relations between the two countries.
- 8 member countries of SCO will participate in the key conference of country, 4 observer countries and all international organizations. In which dealing with all matters including terrorism, Extremism, will be discussed. There will be churn on all other issues as well.
- The full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) include India, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan. Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia and Belarus are observers.
- With 8 countries, SCO represents about 42 percent of the world’s population. At the same time, the contribution of these countries to the GDP of the world is around 20 per cent. These countries have 22 per cent of the world’s total land area.
- India last year became a full member of the SCO. At Astana conference in Kazakhstan last year, Pakistan was made a full member of India along with India. This is the first conference since then.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold six bilateral meetings with leaders of member countries during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Conference. However, it has not been confirmed yet whether there will be talks between PM Modi and Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain.
- India has been raising the issue of Pakistan sponsored terrorism on all the forums. To put pressure on Islamabad on the elimination of terrorist organizations operated by Pakistan and POK. In such a scenario, there is a possibility of arising from the issue of terrorism in this conference.
- This time, the conference is likely to emphasize the importance of regional connectivity by India. India has been supporting the project from Chabahar Port in Iran from the very beginning. So that the coordination between Central Asian countries can be established and the benefits of the resources can be found.
- Prior to the SCO conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was excited about the leadership of the Indian delegation in the conference. He said that after becoming a member of India’s SCO in the last one year, relations with its other member countries have been intensified.