Republic of India - Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Relations


Senior Member
Nov 19, 2017
New Delhi, May 25, 2018 22:23 IST
Updated: May 25, 2018 22:23 IST
The political parties forum (PPF) is part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a Eurasian grouping for political, economic and security cooperation among the member countries such as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, apart from neighbour China.

Last June, Iran and Pakistan became full members of the SCO at a summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.

‘Important partner’

To take part in SCO political forum at invitation of ruling Communist Party before leaving for Shenzhen in South China’s Guangdong province.

“China is our important neighbour and we hope to have meaningful discussions with them when we meet with the senior leadership of the Chinese party,”

Interestingly, a CPC delegation had attended the Congress’ Plenary held in Tehran last year.

The Congress delegation is visiting at the invitation of the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). Hosted by the international department of the Central Committee, the political conference is scheduled to take place between May 25-28.


A Congress delegation left for China on Friday to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Political Parties Forum in the Chinese city of Shenzhen.

Congress’ deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma is leading the six-member delegation that includes former ministers Mukul Wasnik and Pallam Raju, party’s chief whip in the Rajya Sabha Bhubaneshwar Kalita and the former Kerala MP and former KPCC chief K. Murleedharan.

Mr. Sharma didn’t elaborate on the nature of discussions but the visit is significant . Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the issue of Chinese troop build-up near Doklam during his recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jingping at Wuhan.

Other political parties such as the BJP and CPI(M) have also been invited and the meet is expected to facilitate exchanges between different political parties in an attempt at opening up by China.
June 6, 2017
Envoy: China endorses Iran’s SCO accession
“During President Xi Jinping’s visit to Iran, China announced its support for Iran’s accession to the body,” Pang Sen told a press briefing held at the Chinese Embassy in Tehran on Tuesday.

The group notably rejected the U.S. from gaining observer status in 2004, reinforcing the impression that its goal is to exist in opposition to Western political and military alliances.

While having an observer status since 2005, Tehran’s bid to join the bloc has failed so far.

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