Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

India enters Shanghai Cooperation Organisation with eye on boosting counter-terror

India enters Shanghai Cooperation Organisation with eye on boosting counter-terror

"Met this year's SCO host, President Xi Jinping this evening", Modi tweeted on Saturday.

The summit will focus on enhancing cooperation to address the challenges of terrorism, drug trafficking, cross-border crimes, information security threats, Liao Jinrong, head of the global cooperation department with the Ministry of Public Security, said at a media briefing ahead of the summit, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The Special Representatives on the border issue will also meet this year.

On the trade front, New Delhi agreed to the Chinese President's request to allow opening of a Bank of China branch in Mumbai, while China said it will let Indian pharmaceutical companies register for high-quality pharma products in the Chinese market and to allow India to export non-Basmati rice to China.

The declaration will hold details of the significant mechanism for resisting the global terror activities.

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The two nations signed agreements Saturday on the export of non-Basmati varieties of rice from India and information sharing between China and India on the Brahmaputra river in flood season.

Describing the almost hour-long meeting as "substantial" and "forward looking", foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said both leaders made a very positive assessment of developments since they last met in the central city of Wuhan during April 28-29.

The two leaders, meeting for a second time in six weeks, also announced a meeting of their foreign ministers later this year to enhance people to people exchanges, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale told reporters after the talks.

"I will be visiting Qingdao in China for the annual meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)".

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Appreciating the Belt and Road Initiative and personal attention by President Xi Jinping to CPEC, President Mamnoon Hussain emphasized that as a flagship project, CPEC is a successful model of this initiative.

Xi noted it was India and Pakistan's first meeting since joining in 2017 and said this year they would "draw up a blueprint for (the SCO's) future growth". "And both leaders made very positive assessment of the Wuhan summit", he said, adding that both the leaders agreed to keep open the strategic communication.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will open late Saturday a two-day regional security summit attended by Russia, Iran and other allies confronting rising tensions with the United States over trade and Washington's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal.

The two leaders also spoke about ensuring greater people-to-people contact, with Xi talking about the popularity of Indian films like Dangal, Bahubaali and Hindi Medium in China. "One of the outcomes of today's meeting is that we have agreed we will move forward in identifying a specific project initially in the area of capacity building", Gokhale said.

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Troops of India and China were locked in the 73-day standoff in Doklam since June 16 previous year after the Indian side stopped the construction of a road by the Chinese Army in the disputed area.

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