BEIJING: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) should expand cooperation in security and counter-terrorism and strengthen cooperation in politics to consolidate the foundation for cooperation amid the changing international environment, said officials and experts. The remarks were made at a blue book launch ceremony held by the China Center for SCO Studies and the China Institute of International Studies in Beijing, Global Times reported on Tuesday.
The blue book Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the New Era: Situation and Task (2018-2019), the second of its kind, is a collection of works by scholars from think tanks in the eight SCO member states as well as those from observer countries and dialogue partners. The book analyzes the situation and tasks the group faces, especially after it expanded membership for the first time by incorporating Pakistan and India in 2017 and after the Qingdao summit in 2018.
It covers strategic cooperation, security and economic cooperation, relations between member states and external cooperation.
Qi Zhenhong, director of the China Center for SCO Studies and also editor-in-chief of the book, noted at the launch ceremony that the membership expansion has been a landmark event in the development of the SCO.