China hosts Pakistan, India for Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit

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"PM Modi arrived in the picturesque coastal city of Qingdao on a two-day visit to attend the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)".

The summit in this eastern Chinese port city is taking place under the shadow of Washington's pull out from the Iran nuclear deal, its sanctions regime against Russian Federation, and frictions with China over the trade tariffs. He was in the Chinese city of Wuhan on April 27 and 28 to attend an informal summit with President Xi Jinping. India and Pakistan became its members in 2017.

It is for the first time that the Indian prime minister will be attending the SCO Summit after India along with Pakistan became full-fledged members of the grouping, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

On the occasion, President Mamnoon said that Pakistan supported the Chinese chairmanship of SCO and appreciated the various initiatives proposed by China in the organization during the a year ago.

Modi and Xi were also expected to discuss economic relations between the two countries, NDTV reported.

The SCO is a permanent intergovernmental global organisation that focuses on strengthening mutual trust and neighbourliness among the member states and promoting their effective cooperation in politics, trade, the economy, research, technology and culture, and making joint efforts to maintain and ensure peace, security and stability in the region.

In his address at the SCO, Modi is likely to articulate India's position on dealing with major challenges facing the world including ways to tackle terrorism, and boosting trade and investment in the region.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has been seeking a bilateral meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, hoping to capitalize on Iranian estrangement from the G7 nations after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

India has been raising the issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in various multilateral forums with an aim to build pressure on Islamabad to dismantle the terror infrastructure operating from that country.

The summit will focus on enhancing cooperation to address the challenges of terrorism, drug trafficking, cross-border crimes, information security threats, Liao Jinrong, head of the global cooperation department with the Ministry of Public Security, said at a media briefing ahead of the summit, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The latter's meeting is supposed to focus on cooperation in various areas and prospects for the development of an economic corridor connecting the three countries.

On Friday, PM Modi said he was excited to lead the Indian delegation for the SCO's first-ever meeting with the country as a full member.

President Mamnoon congratulated President Xi Jinping on his re-election as President of People's Republic of China and General Secretary of Communist Party of China (CPC). China is gambling its diplomatic credibility on the chance it can facilitate better relations between India and Pakistan at the SCO summit.

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