PM Narendra Modi arrives in Qingdao to attend SCO summit
QINGDAO (CHINA): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Saturday on a two-day visit to attend the SCO summit which is set to deliberate on several pressing global issues, including the future of the Iran nuclear deal, the impact of US sanctions on Russia and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region.
It is Modi's second visit to China in little over five weeks after he travelled to Wuhan in April end for an informal summit with President during which both sides had decided to take steps to solidify bilateral relationship, which was hit by last year's Do-m standoff.
The prime minister's visit to this picturesque coastal city of China's Shandong province is seen as an indication of efforts by both countries to maintain the momentum in ties.
It is for the first time the Indian prime minister will be attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit after India along with Pakistan became a full-fledged members of the grouping, jointly dominated by China and Russia, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to NATO.
"The SCO has a rich agenda for cooperation, ranging from fighting terrorism, separatism and extremism to promoting cooperation in connectivity, commerce, customs, law, health and agriculture; protecting the environment and mitigating disaster risk; and fostering people-to-people relations," Modi said in a pre-departure statement.
He said since India became a full member of the SCO, its interaction with the bloc and its member countries has grown considerably in these areas.
"I believe that the Qingdao Summit will further enrich the SCO agenda, while heralding a new beginning for India's engagement with the SCO," he said.
Diplomats said the summit is also likely to explore ways to deepen cooperation among the SCO member countries in dealing with threats of terrorism, extremism, and radicalisation besides delving into issues relating to trade, investment, and connectivity.
"Ni hao Qingdao! Prime Minister @narendramodi warmly welcomed on his arrival for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in the beautiful port city of Qingdao. India is looking forward to contribute towards a successful outcome from the Summit," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted, soon after Modi landed here.
The SCO currently has eight member countries which represents around 42 per cent of the world's population and 20 per cent of the global GDP.
Besides Modi, other leaders attending the summit include Chinese President Xi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain.
In his address at the SCO, Modi is likely to articulate India's position on dealing with major challenges facing the world including ways to tackle terrorism, and boosting trade and investment in the region.
The summit is taking place under the shadow of Washington's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, its sanction re gie against Russia and frictions with China over the trade tariff dispute. Diplomats said all these issues may figure at the summit as well as during deliberations on its sidelines.
The situation in the Indo-Pacific may figure in the talks but it is unlikely that the issue will find a mention in the SCO outcome document.
Officials said the US pull out from the Iran nuclear deal, Washington's sanctions against Russia under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) may also figure in the talks. The sanctions have impacted Russia's defence cooperation with a number of countries including India.
The SCO leaders are also expected to review the situation in the Korean peninsula, Afghanistan and Syria.
Officials said India will pitch for evolving effective ways to deal with the growing challenge of terrorism and enhancing security cooperation among SCO countries.
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.
India was an observer at the SCO since 2005 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 has been strongly pushing for connectivity projects like the Chabahar port project and International North-South Transport Corridor to gain access to resource-rich central Asian countries.
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 Hussain, who is scheduled to attend the meeting.
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.
Modiji, please stay in India for some days. Your status under the Income tax is changing from Resident to Non Resident. It is free advise from me.
Hahahahahahaha Moron arrives to make a fool of himself again
Let people abuse and troll us for being bhakts....but they fail to accept what advantages are modis foreign trips are bringing to india....try living his life for 1 day....will find out how stressful
Modiji's visit to Qingdao to attend SCO summit is definitely going to bring positive response and will benift India in longer run
Modi feku in holiday mood always on public money. This antiindia and antinational pn must be thrown in dustbin during elections.
Feku on world tour again on public money. Faking all over the world. Height of chu***pa. Worst pm in history of India.
Modi Sir should be made brand ambassador of tourism industry. He is encouraging to travel more and more in foreign countries.
now congressi family kingdom sl ve start barking pm going to china for holiday. but reality is modiji never on holiday since 2001 to till today & fact is rahul khan enjoying holidays from its childhood to till today & America to Thailand without delivering performance & any work for nation.
Satish Babu Babu
Modi Sir should be made brand ambassador of tourism industry. He is encouraging to travel more and more in foreign countries. He travels more to foreign countries than In India. Everyone should follow him.
ZERO results & ZERO benefit to India.......only Feku will enjoy wine & done.
Baba Iyer Mani
our pm modi is good in tours and BAKWAS only.
Madan Lal Gurjar
pls be there dont come here
Ch00thiya Bhakts are embarassed at Fekus frequent foreign visits which is yielding zero results for the Country..........
Modi looks like an ultra rich mafia don, by his looks as well as his deeds.
PM's intentions are good but he is unable to bring results. He should atleast stop bragging about his achievements and concentrate more on interanal issues.
Raghava Rao Karavadi
IN any International Association if Pakistan is there it is a Bad Omen. .Example SAARC.
Indias foreign policy has turned into a failure though it started with good pace under PM Modi. But it couldnt last long as it was based on lies and fakeness. As a result we have not received anything good despite serious efforts of PM
Kill Anti India Forces
Where is Rahul, Communists, Jignesh etc etc these days?
Yashpal Gambhir Yashpal Gambhir-Jamshedpur-22 hours ago-Follow
Modi is the only Prime Minister who has never taken an off and is relentlessly working for India''s development. Under his prime ministership, today India has a respectable place in every international forum.Today Indian living abroad can hold their head high.
Wonderful to see a PM with a global thought process and strategic mastermind...his strature as a global leaders is a real jealousy for many non friendly nations of India....
No results expected in favour. wait n watch.
Mohammad Yaqub Mohammad Yaqub-Brooklyn, New York-20 hours ago-Follow
Cooperation between the member states have always benefited the people in every field and its fruits are eventually enjoyed by the common people as well. The pendulum of Economic Speremacy of the West inevitably, has begun swinging towards East so SCO is a positive step towards warming up for taking banton. People of India and Pakistan need to join their hands to rejoice long due prosperity they were stripped of during savagery of colonialim.
Akshay Mahesh Virdikar
SCO is a conglomeration of countries whose interests don''t have a lot of commonality. Right now China, Russia and Iran would be keen on forming a front to oppose US domination. China wants to acquire a leadership role in the region and around the globe, therefore would push for BRI and other connectivity projects. Central Asian countries have their own interests and so does India. India would not like to take a strident anti-US position. We would have walk a tight-rope between US on one side and China and Russia on the other. To each his own.
sco is rubbish
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Saturday on a two-day visit primarily to attend the annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) which is likely to deliberate on several pressing global issues including future of Iran nuclear deal, the impact of US sanctions on Russia and situation in the Indo-Pacific region.