PM Modi Departs For Qingdao, A Hectic Schedule Awaits Him

Indian delegation to participate in all the procedures of the SCO summit

On Saturday morning, Prome Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, ‘I believe that the Qingdao Summit will further enrich the Shanghai Co-Operation Organisation’s (SCO) agenda, while heralding a new beginning for India’s engagement with the SCO.’

He also expressed sort of an excitement on participating in Council of Heads of States of SCO summit as a full member of the organization.

On that happy note, the PM left for Qingdao, China at 7am in the morning, where SCO summit is going to take place today. He is expected to reach Qingdao at around 3.30 pm. He will spend two days there.

His visit is going to be packed with hectic diplomatic rounds of talks between different participants of the summit. All eyes are presently set on Modi’s proposed meet with the Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Though Pakistan is also going to participate in the summit but the Indian side is not going to have any interaction with them.

India was inducted as the full member of this organization last year. Since then, it has expanded its relations with the member nations, carrying out meaningful dialogue with them.

The Indian delegation, that left today for Qingdao with PM Modi, is expected to participate in every process during the summit. These officials from India were previously only allowed to sit through the proceedings as observers, and not allowed to participate in any of them.

Now, as full member of the organization, Indian delegates will get the opportunity to get an insider’s view into the happenings. Founded in 2001, the SCO currently comprises eight member states, India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan were admitted to the SCO last year.

SCO’s Agenda

The organization has got a rich agenda in place for deliberations. It ranges from regional cooperation to fighting terrorism, separatism and extremism.

It also seeks to promote co-operation in connectivity, commerce, customs, law, health and agriculture.

Protecting environment and mitigating disaster risk too forms an important sphere of concern for SCO. Fostering people-to-people relationships among member countries is also included in its agenda.

Modi Going To Have A Busy Day

PM Modi will get down to work almost as soon as he hits Qingdao. He will, first of all, call on Rashid Alimov, Secretary General of the SCO, upon his arrival. Thereafter, he will hold bilateral meetings with Xi Jinping, President of the Peoples Republic of China.

After he is done with his interactions with Jinping, the Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the Tajik president Emomali Rahmon would be awaiting him for talks.

Modi will also attend the banquet dinner which will be hosted by President Xi Jinping. This will be Modi’s first meeting with Xi after their informal visit that took place in Wuhan, China in April this year.

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