India enters Shanghai Cooperation Organisation with eye on boosting counter-terror

  • India enters Shanghai Cooperation Organisation with eye on boosting counter-terror

India enters Shanghai Cooperation Organisation with eye on boosting counter-terror

The meeting is taking place weeks after the two leaders held an informal summit in the central Chinese city of Wuhan during which they exchanged views on solidifying the relationship between the two Asian powers.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will open late Saturday a two-day regional security summit attended by Russia, Iran and other allies confronting rising tensions with the USA over trade and Washington's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal.

Modi said he would talk to leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's countries and discuss a "wide range of subjects" with them. We had detailed discussions on bilateral and global issues.

"SCO has been working and will continue to work in counter-terrorism", Indian envoy to China Gautam Bambawale said, adding that Sunday's Qingdao declaration will take a stand on the issue. "Our talks will add further vigour to the India-China friendship", Mr. Modi tweeted after the meeting.

President Xi Jinping appreciated Pakistan for its proactive participation in SCO since becoming a member.

He also said he would be holding multiple meetings with the heads of various SCO member states on the sidelines of the summit.

In the wake of Washington's strained ties with Russia, China and Iran, officials said the SCO summit will provide an opportunity for President Xi and his Russian counterpart Putin to reflect on a common vision for the region and present the bloc as a powerful voice to deal with pressing global issues.

Zhou also said he believed India and China had shared concerns on combating terrorism, as well as on promoting free trade and multilateralism, especially as China's relations with Donald Trump's administration faces growing tensions.

The two nations signed agreements Saturday on the export of non-Basmati varieties of rice from India and information sharing between China and India on the Brahmaputra river in flood season.

President Xi said their Wuhan meeting had been well received by both countries and the worldwide community, and a positive atmosphere is taking shape to pay close attention to and support the development of China-India relations. "One of the outcomes of today's meeting is that we have agreed we will move forward in identifying a specific project initially in the area of capacity building", Gokhale said. India had said a year ago that China did not stick to an agreement to share hydrological data, or scientific information on the movement and quality of water, for the Brahmaputra.

These moves are seen as attempts by India and China to bring ties back on an even keel after the 73-day-long tense military standoff between India and China previous year over their unsettled boundary dispute. The meeting with Alimov came hours after Modi landed in this picturesque coastal city of east China's Shandong province to attend the 18th summit of the SCO.