Enhance connectivity without infringing sovereignty: Modi at SCO

Posted June 10, 2017

A day before, Prime Minister Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and discussed bilateral relations where the latter pointed out that the global environment was undergoing profound and complex changes.

Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif announced that today is a historical day for Pakistan as it becomes a full member in Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

On the margins of the Astana SCO Summit, PM Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping and held talks, while on Thursday PM Modi had exchanged pleasantries with Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

PM Modi spoke on the need for enhancing connectivity in the region, adding it was key to boosting trade and investment.

He said we have attended all its summits and worked earnestly with all the SCO institutions such as business council.

"China and India are two major countries and should focus on more cooperation alongside providing assistance to each other on developmental goals", Chinese foreign ministry Hua Chunying quoted Xi as saying.

Launching the meeting as host, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev in the opening speech said that the summit is historic because India and Pakistan will be officially declared to be members of the SCO.

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India abstained from the summit to highlight its concerns over the United States 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.

Prime Minister Modi also held bilateral meetings with other leaders including Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. India and Pakistan are one step away from becoming SCO members.

In his address, Modi said SCO could also devote attention towards climate change.

"PM @narendramodi meets President of China #XiJinping on margins of SCO Summit in Astana", Baglay tweeted.

"(China and India) should strengthen multilateral communication and consultation, and appropriately control and manage differences and sensitive issues", Xi said, according to the post.

India abstained from the summit to highlight its concerns over the United States 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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