Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi/ Beijing, 23 April 2018
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lands in Beijing on Monday evening to attend a preparatory meeting in view of upcoming summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in June. She will attend the SCO defence ministers’ meeting tomorrow. Earlier external affairs ministry’s sources told National Defence that there would be bilateral meetings too with her Chinese counterpart.
EAM Sushma Swaraj is already in Beijing to attend the SCO Foreign Ministers’ meeting to finalise the agenda for the summit of the eight members political, economic and security bloc.
India and Pakistan both are latest members of SCO and will participate in annual meeting in Chinese city of Qingdao in June this year. PM Modi in all likelihood will attend the SCO meeting in June.
The SCO, headquartered in Beijing, was founded in 2001. The members of SCO include China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The SCO aims at military cooperation between the member states by involving intelligence sharing, counter-terrorism operations in Central Asia and joint work against cyber terrorism.