PM's statement prior to his departure to Qingdao in China

Meeting of the SCO heads of government

India, along with Pakistan, became the full-time member during Astana summit in June 2017.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday after he reached Qingdao in China to attend the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO summit. The two leaders took stock of the progress in implementing the decisions they had taken at their informal summit in Wuhan in April.

Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi. Chinese President Xi Jinping has been seeking a bilateral meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, hoping to capitalize on Iranian estrangement from the G7 nations after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal.

Modi and Xi met for almost 10 hours in less than two days in April during an informal summit in Wuhan, leading to, according to diplomats, "strategic communication" and consensus between the two leaders.

Both sides also dwelt in detail on the trade relationship, with Modi flagging India's concerns over the widening deficit and calling for China to increase exports of Indian pharmaceuticals, rice and sugar, among other products. Ahead of the summit, a senior Chinese official was quoted by NDTV as saying that India and Pakistan's entry into the SCO would boost security cooperation amongst the countries.

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The Prime Minister's comments at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore were appreciated by China. The leaders are also supposed to focus on the issues of global trade and counterterrorism.

"We are the world's two most populous countries and among the fastest growing major economies". These rules and norms should be based on the consent of all, not on the power of the few. "It also means that when nations make global commitments, they must uphold them".

China's Belt and Road Initiative was also strongly opposed by India as part of it goes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Xi told Modi at Wuhan that the BRI was purely economic and India should see it that way. Countries outside the SCO will be looking closely at what transpires at the summit. 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.

Korea Joongang Daily quotes Chinese media that in addition to issuing a joint declaration, participants will sign "more than 10 agreements on security, economic cooperation and people-to-people exchanges". Founded in 2001, the SCO now comprises eight member states, India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan.

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