What is Shanghai spirit? Explain the strategic importance of SCO for India.

Structure of the Answer:

  • Introduction (basic information about shanghaicooperation).
  • About Shanghai spirit.
  • Why SCO is important for India?
  • Way forward.
  • Conclusion.

Key points:

  • The “Shanghai spirit” is about mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for cultural diversity and pursuit of common development among the SCO members.
  • The SCO is important for India in several ways.
  • As the second largest and rising Asian power, India has a natural interest in any grouping in its neigbourhood.
  • The declaration issued at the end of the Qingdao summit exposes the limits of the organisation and India’s expectations from it.
  • The main objectives of the SCO are to
  • Strengthen relations among member states.
  • Promote cooperation in political affairs, economics and trade, scientific-technical, cultural, and educational spheres as well as in energy, transportation, tourism, and environmental protection.
  • Safeguard regional peace.
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