Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 6
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share screen-time with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan PM Imran Khan during the virtual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) next week.
SCO summit on Nov 10
- Though bilateral disputes are not aired at SCO, the preparatory meetings have had their share of drama
- At a virtual meeting of SCO National Security Advisers, the Pakistani representative pointedly hung an incorrect map
- As the boundaries were contrary to India’s point of view, NSA Ajit Doval staged a symbolic walkout
The SCO summit, to be chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is scheduled for November 10 and will seek participation by leaders of four central Asian states as well.
Though bilateral disputes are not aired at SCO, the preparatory meetings and events have had their share of drama. At a virtual meeting of SCO National Security Advisers, the Pakistani representative pointedly hung a map incorrectly depicting its boundaries from India’s point of view. This led to a symbolic walkout by NSA Ajit Doval.
India also did not participate in a SCO military drill that had Chinese soldiers as it took place in the middle of an aggressive confrontation on the Line of Actual Control with China.
During its membership of the last three years, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India had intensively engaged with the SCO and used it as a platform to reach out to central Asian states. Barring Turkmenistan, other Central Asian states—Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan—are members of SCO along with China, Pakistan, Russia and India.
At the last SCO summit in Bishkek, PM Modi had laid out India’s vision for SCO by coining the acronym “HEALTH”, which stood for cooperation in health, economics, alternative energy, literature and culture, against terrorism and for humanity, said the MEA spokesperson at a weekly media here on Friday.