China celebrates unity within Eurasian SCO bloc as G7 struggles with Trump

Pakistan       by Nozair Hanif Mirza | Published

Pakistan by Nozair Hanif Mirza | Published

The security bloc will also likely mull over whether to allow Iran to ascend from its position as an SCO observer to become a full member state - a development it has sought since 2008 but has been unable to achieve while subject to United Nations sanctions.

Sharing some aspects of the almost 50-minute meeting, the foreign secretary said Xi described the Wuhan summit as a "new starting point" in bilateral relations between the two countries while prime minister called it as a "milestone" in ties which will help in developing mutual understanding and trust. The US had pulled out of the deal last month, triggering sharp reactions from across the globe.

The tensions over Iran come as another nuclear issue dominates headlines, with Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un preparing for an unprecedented summit in Singapore.

"It is the first summit after India and Pakistan joined SCO as full members of this organisation", Zhou said adding, "I think the forthcoming summit will explore the opportunity of new membership of India and Pakistan to expand the scope and areas of cooperation, not only between China and Pakistan and India but between all members of the SCO".

The two leaders also made a decision to set up a new mechanism for people-to-people cooperation to build on the momentum in bilateral ties from their unprecedented informal summit in Wuhan almost six weeks back. He was in the Chinese city of Wuhan on April 27 and 28 to attend an informal summit with President Xi Jinping.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed to continue improving ties between Asia's most populous countries in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of a summit in China.

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"The first and foremost important consensus reached at Wuhan was that India and China are partners in progress and in economic development", Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale said in an interview to Chinese state media on Friday, the Hindustan Times reported. The leaders are also supposed to focus on the issues of global trade and counterterrorism.

Its member states also include four ex-Soviet Central Asian republics, Pakistan and India. India is likely to pitch for concerted regional and global action against terror networks and favour effective connectivity links to boost trade. The sanctions have impacted Russia's defence cooperation with a number of countries including India.

PM Modi is expected to hold about six bilateral meetings with leaders of other SCO countries.

However, there is no official word on whether there will be any interaction between Modi and Pakistan President Hussain, who is scheduled to attend the meeting in China.

Besides China and Russian Federation, the other countries are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - as well as the newest members India and Pakistan.

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