Xi Says China, India should Focus on Cooperation

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In his address at the annual summit of the SCO in the Kazakh capital, PM Modi said India's entry into the bloc will give a new momentum to the grouping in dealing with terrorism.

To enhance the capacity of member states in coordination and implementation in the security field, Xi called on the SCO to strengthen regional counter-terrorism institutional building and resolutely crack down on illicit drug manufacturing and trafficking. SCO is a consortium of select Asian nations that focuses on security and trade.

The PM reiterated Pakistan's strong commitment to cooperate with both countries in the energy sector, regional connectivity and human resource development.

India is set to join as full member of the SCO comprising China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

In response, India launched strikes inside Pakistan, targeting accused militant havens.

"Russia believes there are now all prerequisites to approve [Iran's] membership bid", Ushakov said on Friday, adding Tehran may become an SCO member during the upcoming summits.

India abstained from the summit to highlight its concerns over the Dollars 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor which is part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and passes through Gilgit and Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, who is also present at the event, congratulated India for its induction to SCO.

-PM Modi begins addressing the SCO Summit.

Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is marking its 16th anniversary this year.

-Modi, Xi are also expected to discuss the fallout of President Donald Trump's announcement to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, something that experts believe leaves scope for India and China to take a leadership role.

China also said on Monday it supported Iran's membership.

Particularly alarming are attempts by IS-affiliated groups to infiltrate SCO countries from inside Afghanistan, he leader said.

India had boycotted the OBOR conference, which was also attended by the Russian President, over its concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which is part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and passes through Gilgit and Baltistan, a region India maintains is integral to the state of J&K. "However, the organisation must face such tests as it expands", it said.

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