Shanghai Cooperation Organization countries meet in Uzbekistan (CONTINUOUS) – RT in French


Leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organization countries are meeting for a two-day summit in Uzbekistan, in the city of Samarkand, a former major crossroads of trade routes between China and Europe.

  • Thursday September 15

In Uzbekistan, the city of Samarkand is hosting a two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit on September 15 and 16.

The organization, whose members are China, Russia, India, Pakistan, the former Soviet republics of Central Asia – and very probably at the end of this summit Iran –, was created in 2001 as a political, economic and security cooperation tool competing with Western organisations.

The event is, among other things, an opportunity for Vladimir Putin to show that, despite the many Western sanctions currently in force against his country, Russia is not isolated on the international scene. More broadly, faced with the Russian-Western tensions generated by the conflict in Ukraine, this summit is an opportunity for Moscow and Beijing to reaffirm their contribution to the emergence of a multipolar world.

More than 20 years after its creation, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) benefits from a considerable geographical area and a phenomenal demographic weight representing nearly half of the world’s population. Finally, the organization is also an economic power with significant energy resources.


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