The BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summits are held in Ufa, Russia from July 7th to 10th. Cheng Guoping, Chinese vice Foreign Minister said on 6th that Pakistan and India would start a schedule into the SCO in the summit. This will be the first expansion of the organization since its foundation in 2001. A Russian expert said that the joining of India and Pakistan into the SCO would add its prestige and benefit for the safety of Asia.
Pakistan’s Dawn.com cited a report from Reuters on July 6, 2015 saying the SCO included China, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan，Kyrgyzstan, while Pakistan, India, Iran, Afghanistan and Mongolia were observer countries.The report quoted Cheng Guoping, Chinese vice Foreign Minister, that as the SCO was growing influential, more and more countries would join the organization. The joining of India and Pakistan into the SCO would play an important role in the development of the organization and exerting constructive power to promote bilateral relations between Pakistan and India.
Economic Times of India said that this was the first expansion of the SCO in 14 years. The significance of India and Pakistan, as two countries with nuclear power, joining the SCO, founded on the principle of protecting state and regional security, shouldn't be belittled. The security cooperation under the framework of the SCO focused on striking the“Three Forces”. India and Pakistan were facing similar problems. While analyzing the prospects of the SCO Summit, India’s New Delhi TV said that India had fervent wish to join the SCO. As one of the biggest energy consumers, India would gain more convenience to cooperate with Russia and Central Asia countries in energy sector by joining the SCO.
It will be a new phenomenon in the global politics as India and Pakistan join the SCO. It shows that the organization can help to solve long-term conflicts between “old enemies”. RIA Novosti quoted Dolegover, an expert in Research Center of Eastern Study in Russian Academy, that India and Pakistan’s participation would add more weight to the SCO in the world politics.Iwassonzoff, Russian ambassador to APEC also said that it was the first step to establish a new collective security system and would strengthen the influence of the organization. Besides, it would also help India and Pakistan to solve their disputes. Kyrgysztan said on 6th that it supported the initiative of India and Pakistan joining the SCO.
环球时报记者/邹松 杨迅 柳玉鹏