PM Modi to attend SCO Summit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for Qingdao, China on Saturday for a two-day visit to attend the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit where India is likely to pitch for concerted regional and global action against terror networks and favour effective connectivity links to boost trade.

India became a full member of the the China-dominated grouping last year and New Delhi's entry into it is expected to increase the eight-member group's heft in regional geo-politics and trade negotiations besides giving it a pan-Asian hue

P.M. Modi is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday during which the two leaders would mainly focus on the ways to deepen ties in areas of trade and investment besides reviewing the overall bilateral cooperation.
Weeks after the two leaders held an informal summit in central China's Wuhan city during which they exchanged views on solidifying the relationship between the two Asian powers, this meeting is taking place. Here Modi and Xi are likely to take stock of the progress in the implementation of decisions they had taken at the informal summit.

officials said India will pitch for evolving effective ways to deal with the growing challenge of terrorism and enhancing security cooperation among SCO countries in this summit. 
Along with this India is also keen on deepening its security-related cooperation with the SCO and its Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) which specifically deals with issues relating to security and defence.

The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became its members last year and till  2005 India was an observer at the SCO and has generally participated in the ministerial-level meetings of the grouping which focus mainly on security and economic cooperation in the Eurasian region.

India would also focus on importance of regional connectivity projects to boost trade among members of the SCO countries.
India hasalways emphasised for connectivity projects like the Chabahar port project and International North-South Transport Corridor to gain access to resource-rich Central Asian countries.

India's focus would be to include its concerns over cross border terrorism in the final outcome document.The issue of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in various multilateral forums with an aim to build pressure on Islamabad to dismantle the terror infrastructure operating from that country has always been focused by India on many platforms.

P.M. Modi is expected to hold nearly half a dozen bilateral meetings with leaders of other SCO countries. However, there is no official word on whether there will be any interaction between Modi and Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, who is scheduled to attend the meeting in China.

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