The Shanghai Cooperation Organization expands into South Asia30 August 2015
Last month, India and Pakistan were accepted as full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a platform to discuss politics, economics and security matters in Eurasia. While some observers doubt the organization’s importance, the step is likely to have three main beneficiaries: China, Russia, and the region as a whole.
Benefits for Beijing
India’s and Pakistan’s inclusion are good news for Beijing, as it turns the organization into an ideal negotiating platform for China’s regional investment plans. Once sanctions on Iran will be lifted, Tehran’s accession seems only a question of time. An expanded SCO allows China to promote the Silk Road Economic Belt, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Corridor and Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline with policy …