Pakistan and India join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as Eurasian integration marches on.

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June 15th, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

– by Frederick Assar –

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held in Astana, Kazakhstan, on June 8-9 bears the potential to be remembered as a crucial milestone on the path towards Eurasian integration.

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Indeed, not only did the meeting in the futuristic Kazakh Capital city entail full membership for Pakistan and India – the former backed by China and the latter by Russia -, but the concurrent absence of any Western Head of State displayed the Eurasian Nations’ clear resolve to emancipate their organic development trajectories from external involvements and pressures of sort. 

Despite the concerns raised by certain Western political circles that tend to depict the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as a predominantly ‘anti-NATO’ coalition, the Organisation’s main tenants are deeply rooted in the need to strengthen the existing ties between its member states in a wide range of fields, such as political cooperation, the economic and trade sectors, environmental policies, and energy strategies. 

The inclusion of India and Pakistan in the Eurasian inter-governmental organisation, officially turning the ‘Shanghai six’ into the ‘Shanghai eight’, whilst not solving the regional historical frictions between the two nuclear powers, serves as a concrete reminder that – despite the sanctions, the imposed conflicts and the subversive tactics implemented by the West with the purpose of hindering its development –Eurasian integration keeps moving forward.

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