Given the geopolitical times we live in today and the demand for new cooperation platforms that reflect the emerging ‘multipolarity’ of global affairs, the SCO is only likely to grow in importance.
China and India, the two largest developing countries and emerging economies, should seek common ground for development while resolving pending issues through dialogue to realize the goal of ‘Dragon-Elephant Tango’ and make this century the ‘Asian Century’.
Therefore, any attempt to compare the SCO with NATO will be an attempt to undermine the scope of the SCO.
Looking forward, China will work with other SCO member states to make greater contributions to global and regional peace and development.
We are confident that in Samarkand we shall witness the birth of a new stage in the life of SCO – the number of its members will grow, and its future agenda will be formed, and this is highly symbolic.
Seizing the opportunities that the SCO forum and related incubator programs have provided, the young generation that represents the future of a country and the world as a whole will be able to master more skills and raise their capacity for pursuing innovation.
The SCO ideals of shared prosperity and mutual respect with emphasis on economic ties, comprehensive security, and people-to-people contact can push India-China cooperation forward.
Afghanistan presents an opportunity to the SCO to further strengthen its status as a partnership-based organization with the principles of relationship and win-win cooperation.
In the coming years, and especially with the presence of Iran as a key member, the organization is expected to make greater contributions to world peace and common prosperity.
The SCO is charting a blueprint for Central Asian countries based on their unity and consensus.
The SCO group has sent out a signal of unity in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, cross-border terrorism, unilateralism, trade protectionism and with a promise of enhancing SCO solidarity and building a better post-COVID region.
While the SCO initially focused on three key areas: regional security, economy and culture, the organization has since expanded its remit to other security-related issues such as drug trafficking, information security and illegal migration.