SCO Summit: India refrains from backing China’s OBOR

17 September, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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In the Joint Declaration released following the Friday summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Samarkand, India once again chose not to express its support for China’s One Belt, On...

In the Joint Declaration released following the Friday summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Samarkand, India once again chose not to express its support for China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) plan.

India refrained from recognising Beijing’s flagship project even though six nations — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan — recognised the ongoing work.

To create a unified list of terrorist, separatist, and extremist organisations whose activities are illegal on the borders of the SCO member states, all eight countries agreed that it is necessary to define common principles and procedures. In order to combat terrorism, separatism, and extremism, they also emphasised the necessity of “constant execution” of the SCO’s 2022–2024 Programme of Cooperation. This proposal complies with India’s position that there shouldn’t be any discrimination against terrorism and that all terrorism must be vigorously combated by the international community.

The 121-point proclamation, which included every possible subject, declared that Central Asia was the SCO’s core region and urged continued strengthening of the SCO’s role in promoting regional stability and socioeconomic growth.

Bahrain, Maldives, Kuwait, UAE, and Myanmar received the designation of SCO conversation partners at the summit. A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed, awarding Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar the status of SCO dialogue partners.

According to the joint statement, the extension would strengthen the SCO’s function as a multilateral mechanism for tackling pressing contemporary challenges and promoting regional security, stability, and sustainable development.

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