SCO Launches Joint Exercises In Tajikistan

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  1. ejazr

    ejazr Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

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    SCO Launches Joint Exercises In Tajikistan

    Five of the six countries in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have launched a joint counterterrorism military exercise in Khujand, Tajikistan.

    Troops from Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan have deployed more than 2,000 troops in the Peace Mission 2012 exercises, which began on June 9.

    The Russian Defense Ministry says the heads of the general staff of each country also are participating.

    SCO member Uzbekistan is not taking part.

    The exercises are staged in three phases -- strategic consultations, battle preparation, and operations.

    The drills last until June 14.

    It is the ninth joint exercise of its kind since the SCO was founded in 1996.

    Countries with observer status in the group include Iran, Pakistan, Mongolia, and India.

    Belarus and Sri Lanka have been named as SCO dialogue partners.
  3. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

    Jan 17, 2010
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    Hot issues at 14th SCO PMs' meeting

    the 14th prime ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province, Dec. 15, 2015

    BEIJING, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- The 14th prime ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) opened Monday in central China's Zhengzhou City.

    During the two-day meeting, heads of government from the SCO members China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are expected to discuss cooperation in trade, investment, finance, transportation and culture. The following are some hot issues at the meeting:


    The six countries will issue a statement on regional economic cooperation after the meeting, reiterating support for regional development strategies including the China-proposed initiative on the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, or the Belt and Road Initiative.

    The Belt and Road Initiative was put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to Kazakhstan in 2013, and has since witnessed tangible commitments by China, including the launch of a New Silk Road Fund worth 40 billion U.S. dollars last year.

    During an SCO summit in Russia's Ufa in July, Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to regard the SCO as an important platform to dovetail the Silk Road Economic Belt initiative and the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

    Chen Xiaochen, a research fellow at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies of China's Renmin University, said that through the Belt and Road Initiative, the SCO will develop rapidly on the ancient Silk Road.


    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang first proposed industrial capacity cooperation at the 13th SCO prime ministers' meeting in the Kazakh capital city of Astana in December 2014.

    The proposal to marry China's industry strengths in the production of steel, cement and other materials with Kazakhstan's huge demand for such commodities in the coming years has been hailed by many as a classic example of win-win cooperation.

    The Chinese premier's proposal was warmly received by the Kazakh side, and as a gesture of appreciation, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev even coined the term "Li Plan" to describe the package of industrial capacity cooperation projects Li put forward.

    Under the plan, China and Kazakhstan have agreed on scores of deals on industrial capacity cooperation worth over 20 billion dollars.

    Within the framework of the SCO, industrial capacity cooperation among the six member states is expected to be further promoted, which will be conducive to the economic recovery of the region and the world at large.


    Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping has disclosed that a "highlight" of the meeting will be that SCO prime ministers will sign a series of resolutions dealing with the SCO's cooperation in various fields, and witness the signing of such documents as SCO member states' customs cooperation plan from 2016 to 2021.

    The move will facilitate interconnections and customs clearances among SCO member states as well as their information sharing in the field of law enforcement, including combating smuggling.


    Both expanding trade and advancing interconnections and production capacity cooperation cannot be realized without financial support. At their meeting in Zhengzhou, SCO prime ministers are expected to obligate financial departments of their respective countries to strengthen studies on the establishment of the SCO development bank, implement the consensus reached by the heads of state of their countries, and lay a foundation for speedy substantial progress.

    At SCO prime ministers' meetings over the past two years, Premier Li had been proposing to build a regional platform for financing. Chen believed that fostering investment in innovation is an important way for the world economy to completely exit the crisis.

    The proposed SCO development bank as well as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the new BRICS development bank and the Silk Road Foundation are all driving forces for the SCO, and they will form a complete ecosystem for financing.


    Security cooperation and economic cooperation are the "two wheels" of the SCO, especially security cooperation, where the SCO's scores are obvious.

    The security situation in the Eurasian region, where SCO member states are located, is volatile due to a resurgence in terrorist acts around the world, especially by the extremist group the Islamic State (IS).

    Also, the rehabilitation progress in Afghanistan faces various difficulties.

    At the meeting held in Astana, the first proposal made by Premier Li was to build a strong regional security and stability barrier.

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  4. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

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    China to build outposts for Tajik guards on Tajikistan-Afghanistan border

    DUSHANBE (Reuters) - China plans to finance and build several outposts and other facilities to beef up Tajikistan's defense capabilities along its border with Afghanistan, the Tajik government said on Monday.

    The Central Asian nation's 1,345-km border with its southern neighbour is leaky and Dushanbe routinely reports clashes between border guards and armed drug smugglers there.

    The increased activity of Afghan Taliban in the northern Kunduz province is another source of concern.

    A large part of the main highway connecting Tajikistan's most populous regions to China lies along the same border and armed trespassers this year kidnapped several Tajiks doing maintenance works on that road.


    In a decree published on Monday, the government instructed the State National Security Committee to sign an agreement with the Chinese side which provides for the construction of eleven outposts of different sizes and a training centre for border guards.

    China, which according to official statistics sells goods worth $2.5 billion a year to Tajikistan has already built one outpost on the Tajik-Afghan border, its first one, earlier this year.

    Russia used to station its own border guards on the frontier until 2005, and after that kept a regiment in the Tajik city of Kulyab, 42 km (25 miles) from the Afghan border. But Moscow pulled the regiment out in December last year and moved it to the capital, Dushanbe, about 200 km further away.

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