Chinese president's speech at SCO summit praised by overseas experts, scholars

The topic of this week's Majlis was the latest summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the Kazakh capital, Astana, on June 9.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) Summit in Astana and strongly condemned the recent spate of terrorist attacks in kabul and other parts of afghanistan, and expressed India's honest condolences on loss of hundreds of innocent lives and injury to several more.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, briefing newspersons here on the meeting, said Xi told Modi that both sides "should address major and sensitive issues".

Xi said China will contribute an additional 10 million yuan (1.47 million US dollars) to the SCO Secretariat to facilitate its work, and proposed that the SCO draw up a five-year outline for implementation of the Treaty on Long-term Good Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation.

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Srikanth Kondapalli, professor at Center for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University of India, said "Xi's speech is important and comprehensive". "These are the areas where no country should have any problem", he said.

As an SCO member, India is expected to have a bigger say in pressing for concerted action in dealing with terrorism as well as on issues relating to security and defense in the region.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947.

The two sides also reviewed defence relations during recent years.

It is further said that the world can expect the organization to more comprehensively promote regional unity in the quest for a more secure and prosperous future. "Efforts should be made to promote regional connectivity and common development, align development initiatives, push for substantial progress in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor at an early date and enhance cooperation under the framework of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank", he added.

Terrorism is violation of human rights and basic human values.

  • Leroy Wright