Chinese President Xi Jinping called on members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to follow the right direction and enhance their solidarity and mutual trust.
Xi made the remarks while attending the SCO summit via video link on Tuesday
The summit also saw the inclusion of Iran as a full member of the SCO and a step toward welcoming Belarus as a future member – the second expansion in the group’s more than two-decade history.
The SCO was formed in 2001 by China and Russia, with former Soviet central Asian states as members, and joined later by India and Pakistan. The eight-member group is a political and security organization in Eurasia. It accounts for a sweeping portion of Eurasia and, with the inclusion of the world’s two most populous countries, around 40% of the global population.