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Security expert: SCO to usher in multilateralism

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Added On June 10, 2018

Security is one of major topics at the underway 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Qingdao.
 
And it's the first time India attends the summit as full member.
 
An expert in security and strategy said India fully supports the SCO's agenda of multilateralism.
 
Director of Centre for Security and Strategy of India Foundation, Alok Bansal,  said that SCO could be a strong force of multilateralism.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH)ALOK BANSAL, Director, India Foundation
"I think SCO could be one of the forums which could effectively talk of in terms of multilateralism because it has major-countries of the Eurasian landmass in it and they constitute a significant chunk of global population and a significant chunk of global economy and they are coming together could usher in multilateralism."
 
Security is expected to be high on the agenda of the SCO Qingdao summit.
 
And terrorism is the most severe security challenge the SCO faces.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH)ALOK BANSAL, Director, India Foundation
"I feel SCO which has a very very robust program as far as terrorism is concerned will take cognizance of the fact that it is in the interest of the region to curb this menace of terrorism right in the birth."
 
At the summit, leaders of the member states analyze international and regional security situations and discuss concrete measures to enhance cooperation.
 
They will sign the Qingdao Declaration, as well as several other agreements on security, economic cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges.
 
Since its founding in Shanghai 17 years ago, the SCO has grown into a regional organization that now accounts for nearly half of the world's population and over 20 percent of global GDP.