The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit scheduled to be held in Samarkand next month is shaping to be an important one. On the agenda for discussion between its eight member-states ~ China, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan ~ are the Ukraine conflict, energy security, the food crisis, the situation in Afghanistan, terrorism, the lingering effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, trade, and connectivity. Uzbekistan, which currently holds the organisation’s rotating presidency, hosted a meeting of SCO Foreign Ministers in Tashkent a couple of weeks ago to finalise the framework agenda for the summit and presented over 15 draft documents which were agreed upon. But, as a researcher with the Mumbaibased think-tank Gateway House has pointed out in a recent article, there were two anomalies this time around. (Read More)
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