India Abroad

SCO Summit: Two MoUs Signed Between India & China

| June 9 , 2018 , 14:15 IST

Prime Minister is holding bilateral talks with the Chinese President on the sidelines of the 18th SCO summit. In the opening remarks, the Indian Prime Minister said stable relations between the two nations would bring stability in the world. Senior officials of the two governments signed agreements in the presence of PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping.

Two Memorandum of Understandings were signed. First was regarding sharing of hydrological information of Brahmaputra river by China to India While the second MoU was about the amendment of Protocol on phytosanitary requirements for exporting rice from India to China to include non-Basmati rice: 


The Indian Prime Minister also met Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan during the summit. The two leaders exchanged views on a range of topics to further strengthen our strategic partnership.

Earlier this morning Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reached Qingdao, China to attend the two days long Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. This is Prime Minister’s second visit to the neighbour in the time span of six weeks.

Earlier on Friday, he posted on his Facebook account, "I will be visiting Qingdao in China for the annual meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)."

"I am excited to lead the Indian delegation for our first-ever meeting of the Council as a full member. The SCO has a rich agenda for cooperation, ranging from fighting terrorism, separatism and extremism to promoting cooperation in connectivity, commerce, customs, law, health and agriculture; protecting the environment and mitigating disaster risk, and fostering people-to-people relations. In the last one year since India became a full member of the SCO, our interaction with the Organization and its member States has grown considerably in these areas. I believe that the Qingdao Summit will further enrich the SCO agenda while heralding a new beginning for India’s engagement with the SCO.” he wrote.

Prime Minister is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Apart from meeting the Chinese President, he would also hold talks with the various heads of the participating states

PM also said, “India enjoys deep friendship and multi-dimensional ties with the Member States of the SCO. On the sidelines of the SCO Summit, I will have the opportunity of meeting and sharing views with several other leaders, including the Heads of States of many SCO Member States.”

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a Eurasian political, economic, and security organisation, the creation of which was announced on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai, China by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became full-time member of the alliance in June 2017.