China will continue its support to Pakistan, assures Vice President Wang Qishan

China to push membership preference for annual Eurasia summit

China to push membership preference for annual Eurasia summit

Xi said he believes the upcoming SCO summit in the coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong Province, in June will be a success, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

But India's foreign minister did not express support for Belt and Road in the communique released after foreign ministers of the China and Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation met in Beijing.

Asif appreciated Uzbekistan's active support for Pakistan's membership of SCO which was finalised during the SCO Astana Summit 2017.

Cui said that the first priority of the summit would be to deal with new issues brought on by enlargement and he focused specifically on problems between the two South Asian neighbours - Pakistan and India.

The current global and regional situation is complex, he said, with unstable and uncertain factors, and SCO members should make real efforts to meet the expectations of all nations.

Sitharaman, who is on her maiden visit to China after becoming defence minister, also called upon the member countries to closely coordinate and adopt a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism. Although there have been four previous SCO joint military training drills, this is the first time Pakistan and India will participate alongside each other.

Member countries have promoted cooperation in various areas and played constructive roles in regional and global issues, and therefore set an example of a new-type of worldwide relations featuring mutual respect, fairness and justice, and win-win cooperation, he said.

Russian defense minister in Beijing to participate in SCO meeting

India opposes the initiative because the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a part of the BRI, runs through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

The exercise "Hand-in-Hand" between the armies of the two countries will take place within next 4-5 months in China and an announcement is likely to be made very soon, sources told PTI.

The two leaders agreed to continue strategic communications between Pakistan and China on all issues.

China will be keen to woo India away from a USA alliance against Beijing when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping for informal talks in Wuhan this week, diplomatic observers said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the Qingdao Summit.

"Indeed, as the world has now realised, there are no good terrorists", she said in the presence of Pakistan Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan.

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