Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Russia, China Could be ‘Driving Force’ in Creation of SCO Missile Shield


  • The creation of a joint missile defense system of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is possible in the future, Russian experts said Monday during a media forum in Moscow. However, currently only two country members, Russia and China, have missile defense components.

SCO leaders vow to lift cooperation

June 25, 2016

  • Leaders of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) vowed on Friday to raise the regional cooperation to a qualitatively new level. The heads of state of the SCO signed the Tashkent Declaration of the 15th Anniversary of the SCO at the 16th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO, a two-day summit in Tashkent. The leaders noted that the SCO cooperation has produced fruitful results and that “all preconditions are in place now” to upgrade the cooperation, according to a report on the outcomes of the meeting.

India, Pakistan and the SCO expansion


  • India and Pakistan are expected to play a major role in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a security grouping dominated by China and Russia. How important is this membership for the two countries? The two South Asian countries inched closer to become formal members of the organization at the upcoming SCO summit in Uzbekistan’s capital Tashkent on June 23-24. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain represented their respective countries at the event. Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin were also present in Tashkent.

China welcomes Pakistan’s entry into SCO


  • Chinese President Xi Jinping said here on Friday that Beijing welcomes Pakistan’s upcoming entry into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Xi made the remarks when meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the 15th SCO summit, which is set to start procedures for granting India and Pakistan full membership. “China is willing to maintain close cooperation with Pakistan within the SCO framework,” said the Chinese president. Pakistan and India are now among the five observers of the SCO, which currently groups China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

SCO defense ministers’ conference held in Kazakhstan


  • Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan said here Wednesday that maintaining regional security is the top priority for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries. Chang made the remarks when he addressed the 13th conference of SCO defense ministers, which was held in the Kazakh capital of Astana on Wednesday. Chang said all SCO countries should firmly implement the consensus reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and other heads of state of SCO countries, upholding “Shanghai Spirit” of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development.

SCO to Study Iran’s Full Membership after India, Pakistan: Chinese FM

May, 25, 2016

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the issue of Iran’s permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will be on the organization’s agenda after India and Pakistan’s accession. “We fully endorse Iran’s interest in this issue (of joining the SCO). At the moment, we should focus on the issue of the accession of India and Pakistan,” Yi said at the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers held in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent on Tuesday.

SCO, ASEAN secretaries general discuss closer cooperation between their associations

May 20, 2016

  • Secretaries general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Le Luong Minh and Rashid Alimov, on Friday discussed cooperation between the two associations and prospects of its further development. The secretary general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization outlined the most promising ways of developing partnership between the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. “We will continue to focus on economic cooperation, including on the initiatives advanced by the leaders of Russia, China and Kazakhstan,” he said. “Other most important subjects as peace and stability in our region, countering terrorism, international crime and illegal drug trafficking.”

China says it supports membership of India, Pakistan in SCO

May 18, 2016

  • China on Wednesday said it backs the entry of India and Pakistan into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and was willing to work with other members to complete the procedures for their accession. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the SCO summit in Russian city Ufa last year initiated the procedures of admitting India and Pakistan into SCO. “China supports India and Pakistan to join the SCO, and China is willing to cooperate and work with SCO members as well as India and Pakistan to do the follow-up work,” he said.

Secretary General: SCO becomes powerful force in Eurasia

April 25 2016

  • The format of the “Shanghai Five” meetings and especially the historic meeting of the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in Shanghai on April 26, 1996 made a special contribution to maintaining peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as in the future and development of the Eurasian space, Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Rashid Alimov told TASS on Monday on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Agreement on Confidence-Building in the Military Field in the Border Area of the “Shanghai Five” countries.

SCO Summit May Consider Russia-Mongolia-China Economic Corridor Project


  • This year’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan may consider the creation of a Russia-Mongolia-China economic corridor on the sidelines, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.

Russia backs Iran full Shanghai Cooperation Organization membership

Apr 7, 2016

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has voiced Moscow’s support for Iran’s permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Lavrov made the remark in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the Azeri capital, Baku, on Thursday. Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are the six permanent members of the SCO. Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Belarus and Mongolia have observer status.

Nepal Officially Becomes SCO Dialogue Partner


  • Nepal officially joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a dialogue partner on Tuesday, after signing a corresponding memorandum, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov said. Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa and Alimov inked the memorandum during a ceremony in Beijing.

Iran Has Grounds for Closer Cooperation with SCO: Russia

March, 21, 2016

  • Russian Ambassador to China Andrey Denisov stated that Iran has every chance of becoming more involved in the activities of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). “As for Iran, it has every reason to be a candidate for closer entry into the orbit of the activities of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. In this case, I do not see any insurmountable obstacles in this process and do not believe that it is a matter of the very distant future,” Denisov told Sputnik.

Xinhua signs deal with SCO


  • Xinhua News Agency signed a deal with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday to strengthen cooperation. “Xinhua, with its new-media coverage and global news and information collecting and broadcasting network, will make more reports on the SCO, especially its great efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region and the world,” said Xinhua President Cai Mingzhao.

EEU, SCO States Set to Prepare Economic Continental Partnership Deal


  • The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states are set to start working on an agreement on economic continental partnership, Russian Deputy Economic Development Minister Alexei Likhachev said Wednesday.

Nuclear deal eliminates barriers for Iran to join SCO


  • Russian presidential envoy to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Bakhtier Khakimov says Russia expects that the beginning of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program will eliminate obstacles in the way of Iran’s accession to the SCO.

China supports anti-terror cooperation among SCO members


  • Chinese Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun stressed China’s support for anti-terrorism cooperation among member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), as he met with the new head of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure on Friday. Guo congratulated Yevgeniy Sysoyev on his new post, director of the structure’s executive committee, and said the body has played an big role in coordinating SCO members’ cooperation in security and law enforcement.

Iran Discusses Possible SCO Membership in High Level Meeting With Putin


  • Adviser to Iran’s supreme leader Ali Akbar Velayati said Thursday he had discussed Iran’s potential membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. “Vladimir Putin noted during our meeting yesterday that Russia supports Iran’s full membership in the SCO,” Velayati told reporters.

Afghanistan demands full SCO Membership from China

January 27, 2016

  • Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has asked China to grant it full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met with his Chinese counterpart A Wang Yi and discussed ways to develop friendly relations and and expand bilateral cooperation in different sectors.

China, Russia to Actively ‘Push Forward’ Iran’s SCO Membership


  • With international sanctions against Tehran lifted, both Russia and China will push forward for Iran’s full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), expert in East Asian politics from De La Salle University in Manila Professor Richard Heydarian told Radio Sputnik.

SCO to Consider Iran’s Membership Bid After Lifting of UN Sanctions


  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization will consider Iran’s application for the full-fledged membership immediately after the UN sanctions are lifted, SCO Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev said Monday.

SCO Prime Ministers Gather in China to Talk Trade and Terrorism

December 15, 2015

  • Economic cooperation is at the forefront of discussions in Zhengzhou, China between the Prime Ministers and representatives of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries. Terrorism, as usual, is also high on the agenda. The annual SCO heads of government meeting is being hosted by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang. Among the attendees are the Russian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Tajik Prime Ministers–Dmitry Medvedev, Karim Massimov, Temir Sariev, and Kokhir Rasulzoda, respectively–and the Uzbek First Deputy Prime Minister, Rustam Azimov. Also in attendance are the Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, General V K Singh, and Afghanistan’s CEO Abdullah Abdullah, along with representatives from other SCO observers Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia.

SCO Members to Discuss Cooperation Within Silk Road in China – SCO Head


  • Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed in 2013 the construction of a new Silk Road to facilitate the direct flow of goods from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea. The megaprojects are intended to connect China with Europe and strengthen economic ties between Asia, Europe and the Gulf states. Spratly group of islands © AFP 2016/ ROLEX DELA PENA / POOL The Empire Barks and the Caravan Passes A meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the SCO is set to take place on December 14-15 in China’s Henan province.

SCO Summit: Countering ‘Export’ of Terrorism From Middle East, Afghanistan


  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) third conference on cooperation and anti-terrorism measures took place in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent on Thursday, with a focus on countering terrorism originating from Afghanistan and the Middle East. “Several thousand citizens from the SCO countries, taking part in combat operations on the side of illegal armed groups in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, primarily pose a threat from the standpoint of ‘export’ of terrorist activities on the territories of their countries after coming back home,” Director of the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure, Zhang Xinfeng, said at the opening of the conference.

China Hosts First Joint SCO Exercises to Counter Terrorists Online


  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s (SCO) first joint exercises on countering the use of the Internet for terrorism, separatism and extremism-related activities were held in China on Wednesday, the SCO’s Regional Anti-terrorist Structure (RATS) said.

SCO to Enhance Cooperation With Afghan Security Forces to Counter ISIL


  • The Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will work more closely with the Afghan security forces to curb Islamic State’s expansion in the region, the deputy director of the RATS executive committee said Monday.

SCO membership – a potential trump card for Pakistan

September 28, 2015

  • The process of granting Pakistan full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) got under way in Ufa during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit in July this year and the country is expected to win the status in January 2016.

Cambodia becomes dialogue partner in SCO

24 September 2015

  • Cambodia has officially become a dialogue partner in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The memorandum was signed on Thursday in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Forum in China’s north-western city of Xian by Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and SCO Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev.

SCO Special Forces Boost Fight Against ISIL, Ready to Team Up With Others


  • The Special Forces of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization have boosted their joint fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization, the first deputy director from Russia’s Federal Security Service said Friday. The SCO is an international alliance comprising Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

SCO members offered to use Pakistani ports

September 17, 2015

  • Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan has offered the members of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to use Pakistani ports once the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is complete to get access to trade routes through Arabian Sea. He was addressing the gathering at the meeting of Ministers of Commerce of SCO in Xian, China. The minister said that Pakistan’s trade strategy focuses on developing linkages with our neighbors, leveraging our geographical location, and capitalizing on regional connectivity initiatives. He emphasized that cross-border land trade is especially important for landlocked member countries as Pakistan and SCO countries will benefit substantially from greater integration through energy, commerce and transit trade. He said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a landmark initiative under the umbrella of One Belt One Road and this economic corridor will connect the nodes of growth centers, falling between Kashgar and Gwadar.

SCO member states jointly oppose distortion of WWII results


  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states made a joint call on Friday for resolute opposition to any distortion of the results of the Second World War. “We urge resolute opposition to any distortion of WWII results … as well as any attempt to forget the tragic lesson for all mankind,” leaders of the SCO countries, namely China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, said in a statement after holding a summit in the Russian city of Ufa.

SCO can play major role in Silk Road, Xi says in Russia


  • President Xi Jinping confirmed on Wednesday an invitation for Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to visit China in September and attend the country’s activities commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. He also said the two countries should use the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as a key platform to integrate China’s Silk Road initiatives and Russia’s aspirations under the Eurasian Economic Union framework.

Rivals Pakistan, India to start process of joining China security bloc

Jul 6, 2015

  • Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India will start the process of joining a security bloc led by China and Russia at a summit in Russia later this week, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, the first time the grouping has expanded since it was set up in 2001. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) groups China, Russia and the former Soviet republics of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, while India, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Mongolia are observers.

China seeks to advance growth in defense, security cooperation among SCO member states


  • China is willing to work closely with government departments of defense in member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in hopes of promoting a sound and steady development of defense and security cooperation within the bloc. The statement was made by Chinese defense minister Chang Wanquan while addressing a meeting of defense ministers and deputy minister from SCO member states held Tuesday in St. Petersburg, a major cultural city of Russia.

Process for India’s accession to Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to be launched next month

Jun 18, 2015

  • The process for the accession of India and Pakistan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will be officially launched at the regional security grouping’s summit to be held in the Russian city of Ufa next month, a senior official said. “I believe the process will kick-start in Ufa,” SCO Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev told media at a meeting of the SCO Business Council Board in St Petersburg yesterday.

China, Kyrgyzstan hold joint border patrol


  • Orient 2015, a six-day joint law enforcement operation, is being staged on the China-Kyrgyzstan border.The operation starting from Monday covers areas of traditional and non-traditional threats to security. It was the first of this kind between China and Kyrgyzstan under the framework of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a six-nation regional security group. According to the frontier public security bureau of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, law enforcers from both countries will patrol the border, visit border residents and counter smuggling together.

India to become member of SCO

June 5, 2015

  • India and Pakistan on Thursday moved closer to becoming members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the six-nation bloc, which is led by Russia and China and perceived as a counterweight to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato). Foreign ministers of Russia, China and four other members of the SCO had a meeting in Moscow and recommended elevation of both India and Pakistan from ‘observers’ to ‘members’ of the organsation. The decision may lead to Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the SCO summit at Ufa in Russia next month. This may even create an opportunity for Modi having a bilateral meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister M Nawaz Sharif on the sideline.

Tajik and Chinese Forces to Engage in Joint Exercises

June 05, 2015

  • This weekend Tajik and Chinese special operations forces will conduct joint counter-terror drills at a mountain training center outside Dushanbe. Asia-Plus reports that over 100 servicemen from the Chinese Ministry of Public Security will join special operations forces from the Tajik Interior Ministry and practice coordinating in a mountainous counter-terror operation. Interior ministers from Shanghai Cooperation Organization members are in Dushanbe for a meeting this week and will observe the exercise. Those expected to attend include the Interior Ministers of Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Uzbekistan. The Chinese Minister of Public Security is also expected.

Putin: 12 more countries interested in working with SCO

3 Jun, 2015

  • The Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization is gaining more weight with a dozen new nations showing interest in cooperation, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with foreign ministers of the bloc. “Other countries would like to strengthen their contacts with our organization. This is natural as it gains more weight and importance because it addresses the most important questions for our nations and for the region as a whole,” the Russian president told ministers. “Our partners from 12 countries are showing interest in its work, apart from the current members of the organization,” Putin added. SCO officials are now studying the possibility of accepting India and Pakistan into the bloc, he said.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): The New Framework for Resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

April 29, 2015

  • Azerbaijan and Armenia are slated to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as observer members during the group’s meeting this July, according to SCO General Secretary Dmitry Mezentsev. This gives Baku a fortuitous chance to finally move past the failed OSCE Minsk Group format and into a new framework that would inject fresh life into the stalled peace process. By removing the useless (France) and ulterior-minded (USA) actors and replacing them with the pinnacle of pragmatism (China), it is expected that a resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict could realistically be expedited in the near future, dependent of course on the failure of the US and its European allies in sabotaging this breakthrough development.

Iran Wants SCO to Consolidate Security in Region

Apr 15, 2015

  • Shamkhani arrived in the Russian capital on Monday to attend the 10th meeting of the SCO’s top security officials. Iran, along with four other countries, currently holds an observer status in the organization, but senior Russian and Chinese officials have voiced enthusiasm to speed up the process for Iran to become a full permanent member in very near future. Shamkhani, who is also the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei’s representative at the SNSC, in his speech at the SCO conference underlined that Iran has close relations with SCO member-states.

China ready for SCO cooperation on law enforcement security


  • China is willing to coordinate with all parties and strengthen the cooperation on law enforcement security under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), visiting Chinese State Councilor Guo Shengkun said here Tuesday.

With China’s Silk Road Initiative, SCO Eyes Bigger Global Role

March 11, 2015

  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will combine national development strategies with the China-proposed Silk Road Economic Belt initiative and work for deeper involvement in global affairs, its secretary general said Tuesday. “A 10-year strategy has been drafted by the Russian side. It is expected to be adopted during the SCO summit in (Russia’s) Ufa,” Dmitry Mezentsev said a day ahead of the opening of the 10th session of the SCO Forum in the western Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiisk. “The strategy will be the SCO’s proclamation for deeper and wider participation in global affairs,” and combine the national economic strategies of SCO members with the big Silk Road Economic Belt project, he said.

Russia to team up with Asian allies in fight with Islamic State – security chief

March 05, 2015

  • In an interview given soon after a recent working visit to Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, Patrushev said Russia shared the universal concern over the spread of Islamist terrorism and planned to step up the work with Shanghai Cooperation Organization partners China and India in countering this evil.
  • He also promised to coordinate the additional steps in fighting against the ISIL threat with Russia’s partners in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (the Eurasian military-political bloc uniting China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan).

‘Russia backs Iran membership of SCO’

Mar 2, 2015

  • A senior Russian official says his country throws its weight behind Iran’s “beneficial” membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Zamir Nabiyevich Kabulov told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency that the SCO will benefit from the full membership of Iran, Pakistan and India in its current composition.

India ready to become a full member of the SCO and appreciates the support of Russia – Indian Ambassador


  • India is ready to become a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and appreciates Moscow’s support on this issue, Indian Ambassador Pundi Srinivasan Raghavan told RIA Novosti in a recent interview. “For ten years already, India has been was an observer at the SCO, and during this time has made significant contributions to the organization. We appreciate that Moscow supports our determination to become a member… We are ready to become a full member of the SCO, whenever this opportunity comes. I can only say that Russia has always supported our desire to become a member of the SCO, and did everything possible to make this happen,” said the ambassador.

Russia expects decision on SCO expansion at Ufa summit


  • MOSCOW, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) — Russia hopes that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will accept new members during the summit in the Russian city of Ufa this summer, Russian presidential special representative at the SCO said Friday. “Active work on that issue is underway. We expect specific decisions would be made at the Ufa summit,” Bakhtiyer Khakimov told the news briefing.

Russia, China welcome India, Pakistan joining Shanghai Cooperation Organization

January 13 2014

  • MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. India’s and Pakistan’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) should help the security grouping comprising Russia, China and four ex-Soviet states in Central Asia to work more efficiently, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov told Chinese state news agency Xinhua. “It is important to practically launch the process of expanding the organization,” Morgulov said in the interview published on the Russian Foreign Ministry website on Tuesday. “All decisions necessary for that have been taken at an SCO summit in Dushanbe in September last year.”

China pledges financial support to Shanghai group countries

December 15 2014

  • ASTANA, December 15. /TASS/. Beijing is ready to provide financial aid to the fellow member-states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which also brings together Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, to overcome the current negative economic tendencies, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday. “In an effort to counteract the economic recession, the Chinese side is ready to offer financial aid,” Keqiang told the summit of heads of governments in Astana, Kazakhstan.

China to enhance anti-terrorism cooperation with Kyrgyzstan: Xi


  • DUSHANBE, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambaev here on Friday, calling for enhanced cooperation with the Central Asian country on border control and anti-terrorism. The meeting was held on the sidelines of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan.

China hopes for progress on SCO new membership


  • China hopes the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Tajikistan will make progress in admitting new members, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Friday. The SCO has been playing an increasingly important role in maintaining regional security and stability while boosting cooperation and common development among members, Qin said at a regular news briefing.

China unveils new NLOS missile at ‘Peace Mission’ exercises

31 August 2014

  • China has used the latest ‘Peace Mission 2014’ multilateral exercises to publicly demonstrate a new non-line-of-sight (NLOS) missile, possibly a fibre-optic guided missile, for land forces that it may also be developing for naval applications.
  • Two of these missiles were seen carried by and launched by a version of the new ZBD-04A armoured personnel carrier (APC), also fitted with a new optical/imaging guidance system. The ZBD-04A may be able to carry up to eight missiles.

China military shows off newest helicopters, tanks

29 August 2014

  • BEIJING (AP) — China showed off the growing sophistication of its defense industries Friday by featuring its newest attack helicopters and main battle tanks at a multinational live-firing military exercise in the country’s north. State media said the new hardware performed to expectations in the “Peace Mission-2014” drill featuring more than 7,000 personnel from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

China: Watch SCO troops test military mettle in biggest-ever drills

Published on Aug 29, 2014

Largest ever military drills with Russia, China & other SCO nations

Published on Aug 24, 2014

  • China’s Inner Mongolia is hosting the biggest military drill ever held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The training of 7,000 servicemen from five SCO member states is set to test troops’ effectiveness in fighting terrorism.

President Xi meets SCO military chiefs in Beijing


  • China is advocating more pragmatic security cooperation among members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The aim is to enable the organization to play a more constructive role in maintaining regional peace and stability. That’s what President Xi Jinping told military chiefs of the SCO’s six member states — China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

China: Watch the SCO drills as they train to target terrorists and drug lords

Published on Aug 24, 2014

China deploys armed drone to multinational drills

August 26, 2014

  • BEIJING (AP) — China’s air force said it deployed an armed drone to multinational anti-terrorism drills on Tuesday, underscoring the country’s rapid progress in developing unmanned aerial vehicles. The drone, which wasn’t identified by type, carried out a successful mission in which it destroyed a mock enemy command vehicle with a missile, the official Xinhua News Agency quoted air force spokesman Shen Jinke as saying.

RAW: Chinese, Russian troops gather for SCO Peace Mission 2014 drills

Published on Aug 18, 2014

  • Troops from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have gathered at its anti-terror drill destination in China. Peace Mission-2014, a drill under the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) framework is expected to hone multilateral decision-making, sharpen joint anti-terror efforts and boost intelligence sharing to ensure regional peace and stability.

China hosts largest ever military drill with Russia, other SCO nations

August 24, 2014

  • China’s Inner Mongolia is hosting the biggest military drill ever held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The training of 7,000 servicemen from five SCO member states is set to test troops’ effectiveness in fighting terrorism. The Peace Mission-2014 drill, being conducted from August 24 to 29 in China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, was declared open by Deputy Chief of Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s General Staff Wang Ning, who is supervising the military training.

China advocates further development of strategic cooperation with Russia

July 31 2014

  • BEIJING, July 31. /ITAR-TASS/. China stands for further development of comprehensive strategic cooperation and partnership with Russia, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday. He made the statement during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The two top diplomats unanimously agreed to “maintain close strategic contacts and coordinate activities” of the two countries.

Chinese FM raises five-point proposal on boosting SCO cooperation


  • DUSHANBE, July 31 (Xinhua) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi put forward a five-point proposal at a ministerial meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) here on Thursday, as part of the efforts to promote the group’s influence and healthy development.
  • First, SCO members should coordinate and cooperate closely to actively deal with the new threats and challenges in regional affairs and try to explore topics and ways of multilateral cooperation within the SCO framework, Wang said at the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the SCO.

SCO members vow to boost anti-drug cooperation

June 19, 2014

  • DUSHANBE, June 19 — Counter-narcotics authorities of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states met here Thursday to explore ways to combat drug-trafficking. During the meeting, the fifth of its kind, the delegations exchanged information and views on the undertaking, including the impact of the changing situation in Afghanistan.

SCO members to stage anti-terror drill in China


  • BEIJING, June 26 (Xinhua) — The member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will stage an anti-terrorism military drill in China from August 24 to 29, a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman said on Thursday. Code-named “Peace Mission 2014”,the joint drill will take place at the Zhurihe training base in Inner Mongolia, Yang Yujun told a monthly press briefing.
  • The exercise will be the fifth multinational drill under the SCO framework and will aim at deterring the “three evil forces” of terrorism, separatism and extremism, safeguarding regional peace and stability and improving the militaries’ coordinated ability to fight terrorism, Yang said.

CSTO To Cut Contacts With NATO, Increase Ties With SCO

April 24, 2014

  • The Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization announced on Thursday that it would stop all contacts with NATO. It’s a decision not likely to be deeply mourned in Brussels, which rarely had evinced any interest in cooperating with the CSTO in the first place. CSTO Secretary General Nikolay Bordyuzha said at a Moscow press conference that: “For now we will not be making any efforts to establish contact with NATO, due to their stance during the Ukrainian crisis…. Today, NATO is blackmailing all of the CSTO member states … showing that they are extremely dissatisfied with Russia’s actions in recent months.”

China Proposes Shanghai Group Security Center


  • DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, April 17 (RIA Novosti) – China’s minister of public security warned Thursday of new threats to member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a post-Soviet Eurasian security bloc, and proposed setting up a joint security center to deal with the challenges. “The Chinese side is prepared to study, together with all the SCO member states, the possibility of establishing an SCO center to fight against challenges and threats to security,” Guo Shengkun told a meeting of SCO security officials in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

China Calls on Russia to Tighten Internet Control to Keep Out ‘External Forces’

Apr. 18 2014

  • China has urged Russia and Central Asian partners in a six-nation security alliance to tighten control over the Internet and take other steps to prevent “external forces” from fomenting revolution in member states. Chinese Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun’s remarks at a meeting with counterparts from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, or SCO, could lead to fears of further restrictions by states that critics say already try to silence dissent.

Tajikistan pledges security cooperation with China


  • DUSHANBE, April 18 (Xinhua) — Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on Friday pledged to enhance security cooperation with China. Tajikistan will work with China in the fight against the three evil forces of separatism, extremism and terrorism, he told visiting Chinese State Councilor Guo Shengkun.
  • Cooperation in law enforcement and security is an important part of the China-Tajikistan strategic partnership, said Guo, who is in Tajikistan for a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting.

SCO has growing role in the East — Russian defense minister

April 01 2014

  • KHUDZHAND, April 01. /ITAR-TASS/. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) turns in one of most important structures and has a growing role in international relations, visiting Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu said at a bilateral meeting with Tajik counterpart Sherali Mirzo in this Tajik city on Tuesday. “The SCO is turning into one of most important structures, to our mind, not only in Central Asia, but also in the East,” Shoigu said.

SCO defence ministers will discuss international and regional security

March 31 2014

  • KHUJAND, March 31, 18:35 /ITAR-TASS/. Defence ministers of member-states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will meet on April 1 for talks on international and regional security, Russia’s Defence Ministry says. “The ministers will exchange views on further development of cooperation and the Peace Mission anti-terrorist exercises due to take place in China,” the ministry says.

Border guards of Russia and China to conduct joint operation

28 March 2014

  • The border guard services of Russia and China will conduct a joint border operation in the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Russian Federal Security Service First Deputy Director Sergei Smirnov said. “The decision to conduct this special operation is based on an agreement between the heads of the countries on interaction between the border guard services of the SCO countries,” Smirnov told reporters on Friday.

Iran urges stronger ties with Shanghai Cooperation Org.

Feb 26, 2014

  • Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for stronger cooperation between Tehran and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Zarif stressed the necessity of expanding cooperation with the SCO in a Tuesday meeting with SCO Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev in Tehran, saying the Islamic Republic and members of the organization “share common interests”.

Russian Defence Minister: SCO member-states cooperate in fighting challenges

April 01 2014

  • KHUJAND, April 01, 18:43 /ITAR-TASS/. Terrorism, separatism, extremism and illicit drug trafficking pose a serious threat to security in Central Asia, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has said. “Member-states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization seek to strengthen confidence-building measures in the military field, consolidate stability, and ensure security and peace in the region,” he said on Tuesday.

Russia to advance anti-terror co-operation with China – Lavrov

April 15, 2014

  • Russia, according to the minister, attaches major importance to joint work with China in this sphere and within the framework of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO), which is being established today as an optimal venue for interaction on the Afghan track. The Russian foreign minister said that Russia jointly with China sought to transform the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) into a new multifunctional mechanism the task of which would be complex counteraction to challenges and threats to security of the SCO member states. Such threats are expected to grow, in particular, in connection with the forthcoming withdrawal of the main part of the international forces from Afghanistan, Lavrov believes.

Sanctions against Iran ‘unacceptable’ – Russia, China, other SCO nations

September 13, 2013

  • Sanctions against Iran are ‘unacceptable’, stated the SCO summit participants. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he wants a ‘swift resolution’ to the issue of Tehran’s nuclear program, but will not sacrifice its rights for the sake of a solution.

China Russia Conduct Military Drills Together

Aug 12, 2013

Chinese soldiers leave for anti-terror drills in Russia

July 28, 2013

  • China on Saturday began to send military personnel and armaments to Russia, where they will join 20-day joint anti-terrorism drills held by both parties. (Photo source:
  • The exercises, dubbed “Peace Mission 2013” and scheduled to run from July 27 to Aug. 15, will be carried out in Chelyabinsk in Russia’s Ural Mountains region. The Chinese troops attending the drills include an infantry combat group of 350 people, an air force combat group of 50 people, a logistics group with 196 people, a 20-member planning panel, and a 30-member command. The 600 troops from Russia are of similar composition.

Chinese Russian navies exercise in Yellow Sea

Apr 23, 2012

Russian warships arrive in China for joint exercise


  • According to China’s Defense Ministry, the exercise will focus on joint maritime air defense, anti-submarine tactics, maritime search and rescue as well as joint effort to rescue hijacked vessels. The Chinese navy will send 16 surface vessels including destroyers, frigates, support and hospital ships, and two submarines to participate in the drill.
  • Since 2005, China and Russia have conducted several joint military exercises within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

China and Russia plan joint naval war exercises in Sea of Japan and Yellow Sea

March 29 2012

  • BEIJING — China says it will join Russia in naval war games starting next month in the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea.
  • China and Russia have conducted several joint military exercises since 2005 within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

SCO armed forces to stage “Peace Mission 2012” drill in June


  • Armed forces from Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states will hold the “Peace Mission 2012” drill in Tajikistan from June 8 to 14, Ministry of Defense spokesman Yang Yujun announced Thursday. The drill is a joint anti-terrorism military exercise launched under the SCO framework, Yang said, adding that the drill will involve more than 2,000 military personnel from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.