SCO Summit: PM Modi arrived in Samarkand, Uzbekistan to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Summit. Thursday evening India..
SCO Summit: Prime Minister Modi arrived in Samarkand, Uzbekistan to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Summit. He left India on Thursday evening and reached there by night time. However, in addition to being safe in the face of the face-to-face meeting of the heads of state of Russia and China, the attitude of the western countries, the announcement that India is going to make in the context of the Ukraine crisis and the Afghan crisis has become crucial. Moreover, diplomatic experts believe that the summit meeting of the leaders of the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) presents both a great opportunity and a challenge for India.
The summit will raise the level of India.
Some other countries like Russia, Central Asian countries and Iran supply fuel to India. These countries are likely to supply crude oil to India at lower prices. However, the China-Pakistan team, the main countries participating in the summit, are hostile towards the West. In this background, the attitude towards the Western countries and the response to the Ukraine conflict has pushed India into trouble. However, India is still adopting a neutral stance.
In today’s divided world, India needs to strike a balance to increase its energy, food and industrial security. There are two major challenges before India. Most importantly..to be secure against two neighboring hostile countries. The second is to withstand the pressures coming from the countries of the world in terms of friendship between countries. This decision is expected to raise India’s profile in the world, especially at the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.
Top position in the world is the goal..
India, with its place in the world and clear goals in mind, has an eclectic autonomy. Currently, the conditions are changing rapidly all over the world.. The conditions of the first decades of India’s independence are very different. It is not possible to continue the current policies. There is a need to adopt the current strategic stance. At the same time autonomy has to be protected. The conference will help India to project itself as a strong nation, to distance itself from West-East conflict elements like the Ukraine war.
India has always been stagnant. India is playing a key role in strengthening cultural and people-to-people relations, making free trade agreements with the Quad, IPEE, UK and Australia while maintaining military and trade relations with US and European countries. In the wake of the Ukraine conflict, India has acted very strategically, even though there has been tremendous pressure from the West to go against Russia.
India has good relations with Russia. Military supplies are purchased from Russia at very low prices. Provides energy security for vast oil, gas and mineral resources in the Russian Far-East, particularly the Sakhalin-1 oil and gas fields. The two countries trade in the rupee and ruble to circumvent Western sanctions against Moscow. It is in this background that they decided to recognize each other’s debit cards.
Will Modi and Xi Jinping meet?
As far as China is concerned… judging by the successful withdrawal of military positions and forces along the LAC in Ladakh and taking more key decisions regarding the coming days… it seems that its hostility towards India has reduced to some extent. This shift in China is most evident in the context of India’s recent strong emphasis on its foreign policy. In any case, there is no possibility of China taking any unilateral measures in resolving the border dispute between the two countries. However, Delhi’s elders are constantly on the alert for China’s moves. If this is the case…if there is a special meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi, it will be the highlight of this summit.
Will Modi meet Sharif?
There is no chance of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in this summit. There are many reasons for this. There are opinions that Sharif is still not taking the right decisions in Pakistan, which is facing economic, political and environmental crises. Delhi’s opinion is different. Pakistan will have to take the first step on key issues, including trade. But Sharif is not in a position to step in that direction.
Overall, the world is keenly watching the SCO resolutions, the meetings between the summit participants and the body language of the leaders to get some clarity on what the geopolitical situation will be like in the next two days.
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