China-Russia Cold War Camp against US, the SCO, Expanding FastPosted: June 15, 2016
In its report “5 countries want to join SCO- Secretary General” on June 14, Russian media Russia Beyond The Headline (RBTH) says that according to Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Secretary General Rashid Alimov, five countries including one Southeast Asian, three Middle Eastern and one Eastern European ones have applied to join SCO as dialogue partners while at the coming Tashkent summit in June, India and Pakistan that have already been accepted as SCO members will sign over 30 documents adopted by the SCO over the last 15 years to formally become SCO full members.
SCO was set up with the goal to counter the US, but due to lack of mutual trust between China and Russia, it did not expand for more than a decade in the 15 years since its establishment.
Now, as China and Russia have built up their mutual trust and become de facto allies, SCO has begun to expand with a vengeance. It has taken India and Pakistan as full members. In addition, according to Chinese official military forum mil.huanqiu.com, Iran and Afghanistan have formally applied for full membership; Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Syria have applied to be SCO observer states; and Ukraine, Maldives, Egypt and Israel have applied to join SCO as dialogue partners. If the five more applicants for dialogue partnership are taken into account, there are now nine applicants for dialogue partners.
It is indeed time for the US to return to Asia as China and Russia have taken most Asian countries into their camp. Even ASEAN, a long-term US ally, refuses to take side between China and the US. What is worse for the US, RBTH says in its report, “Alimov said more applications to join the SCO could be received soon, as another Southeast Asian nation showed interest at the Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi in May.”
Not only China but also Russia is improving ties with Southeast Asian countries. The US has to enhance its efforts to return to Asia.
Cheer up, the US!
Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Five more countries apply to be SCO partner states” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
Source: Russia Beyond The Headline “5 countries want to join SCO- Secretary General”, full text of which can be viewed below:
5 countries want to join SCO- Secretary General
June 14, 2016 Interfax
General Rashid Alimov says three Middle Eastern nations have applied
Five countries have applied to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), its Secretary General Rashid Alimov said on June 13.
An Eastern European country, three Middle Eastern countries and a Southeast Asian country have sent applications to join the SCO as dialogue partners, Alimov said, without mentioning the names of the countries as “the issue is still at the developmental stage.”
Alimov said more applications to join the SCO could be received soon, as another Southeast Asian nation showed interest at the Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi in May.
India-Pakistan conflicts not to affect SCO
Controversies between India and Pakistan will not be brought to the format of the SCO, Alimov added.
“We see no risk of controversies between India and Pakistan going to the SCO,” he said.
After 20 years Russia makes first inroads into ASEAN
Consultations with India and Pakistan have lasted for more than a year and both countries have been SCO observers for 11 years and know the organization’s rules well, Alimov said.
A document on the accession of India and Pakistan to the SCO should be signed at the Tashkent summit in June.
This will be the “beginning of a new stage” in the transition of India and Pakistan from SCO observers to fully-fledged members. India and Pakistan are due to sign over 30 documents adopted by the SCO over the last 15 years.
Alimov met with a group of journalists from 18 countries that are either observers or dialogue partners of the SCO at the organization’s headquarters in Beijing. The Chinese committee for good neighborliness, friendship and cooperation organized the journalists’ visit on the occasion of the SCO’s 15th anniversary.