After being an observer in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) since 2005, India finally gained entry to the multilateral grouping during the Astana Summit 2017 held in June.
Background | Astana Summit 2017
India had applied for the full membership in 2014 after weighing very judicially the opportunities and challenges that might be presented to it after its accession to the SCO.
Significance of SCO | Astana Summit 2017
The Russia-India-China trio
Besides Russia-India-China (RIC) forum, Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) and the G-20, the SCO will provide another platform for regular interaction Russia, China, India and other members to discuss mutual concerns, interests and find solutions for moving forward on cooperative endeavours.
India-Pakistan rivalry in SCO | Astana Summit 2017
India-China cooperation in SCO |Astana Summit 2017
A road to Central Asian Republics | Astana Summit 2017
Counter-terrorism agenda | Astana Summit 2017
Conclusion | Astana Summit 2017
Overall, India’s membership of SCO is a positive development and New Delhi needs to take advantage of the same by being proactive on the platform. India also needs to enhance its economic relationship with CARs which has been far below the potential. Connectivity woes also need to be addressed through fast implementation of projects and by pushing several existing joint projects. Mutual Complementarities of connectivity projects in the region also need to be explored.
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