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Essence: The article talks about the recent summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the fact that it has not been able to maintain cordial relations with Central Asia in comparison to others like Europe and East Asia. Afghanistan political upheaval should be considered as a challenge for revival for the SCO, more so when Russia and China have vital interests in Afghanistan.
With SCO expanding its membership, possibility of institutional cooperation becomes a bigger challenge. The precursor institution, “Shanghai Five” had its agenda to build shared Sino-Russian interest and preventing American meddling in their Central Asian backyard. Moscow is reluctant to back Chinese proposals to promote trade integration under the SCO banner. And China is not a member of either CSTO or EAEU (which Russia promotes). These are some examples of the glimmering fractures within SCO members. Considering SCO’s Afghanistan agenda, and Russia-China interests, Delhi must focus on finding common ground with those members of the SCO who do share India’s concerns about Afghanistan.
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