India Participates Sanghai Cooperation Organization amid tension at Border

In the midst of stalemate with Chinese troops in Sikkim, India participated in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in China to promote the control of border situation between member countries and the border control mechanism. This was the first full meeting after becoming a full member of the SCO of India and Pakistan. The seven members of the SCO including China, India and Russia participated in the meeting of the leaders of the border control departments of the organization in Dalian in Leaning province of northeast China on Thursday.

Officials of the Indian Embassy took part in the Dalian meeting of the SCO. Since becoming a full member of the group in India and Pakistan in June, this is the first full meeting of the SCO. Other members of the group include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. According to the report of the Global Times, official newspaper, the member countries discussed how to cooperate in fighting terrorism, separatism and extremism. It has been said in the report that member countries have also discussed the joint campaign on the border and improving cooperation in the organization on the security of border to prevent cross-border crimes.

Chen Dingwu, senior official of the border control department of China's Public Security Ministry, said that border enforcement cooperation is an important part of cooperation between China and other member countries of SCO. He said that China values cooperation with border control departments of other countries and has already built cooperation mechanism with 11 neighboring countries including SCO members. SCO Secretary General Rashid Alimov said that the SCO member countries are willing to discuss issues of common interest on the basis of equality according to the spirit of Shanghai.

It has been said in the report that member countries also talked about joint campaign to prevent the crime on the border. Countries also emphasized on enhancing bilateral ties for the security of the border. The letter writes that the Indian team took part in the SCO meeting between the ongoing tension between China and India in Sikkim. The letter further writes, 'Supervisors believed that the tension between the forces on the border should not affect the relations between the two countries.'
                                                                                       ---Ashish Jha