Diplomacy

SCO Summit 2019

 

The 2019 Shanghai Cooperation Summit, held in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on June 13-14, marked the second year in which India participated as a full member. While much of the media hype in India surrounded the will it/won’t it happen meeting between Indian PM Narendra Modi and Pakistani PM Imran Khan (which ultimately resulted in an exchange of pleasantries), the summit saw several key bilateral meetings that took place apart from the multilateral meeting of the Heads of State. The summit also garnered increased scrutiny on account of ongoing tensions in West Asia and the US-China trade war. The presence of Iran and Afghanistan as observers also makes it an important venue to discuss vital regional issues.