SCO Summit 2018: ‘Connectivity Projects Should Respect Country’s Sovereignty’


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on day two of the 2018 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit was received by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the official welcome ceremony in Qingdao on Sunday.

This is India’s first-ever meeting of the Council as a full member SCO.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said connectivity projects are India’s priority but such programmes should respect any country’s sovereignty and its territorial integrity.

At the restricted session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in the Chinese city of Qingdao, Modi said connectivity not only meannt physical contact but also people-to-people contact.

“We have again reached a stage where physical and digital connectivity is changing the definition of geography. Therefore, connectivity with our neighbourhood and in the SCO region is our priority,” Modi said.

He also coined an acronym for the word SECURE: ‘S’ for security, ‘E’ for economic development, ‘C’ for connectivity in the region, ‘U’ for unity, ‘R’ for respect of sovereignty and integrity, and ‘E’ for environment protection.

“We welcome any new connectivity project, which is exclusive, sustainable and transparent and respects country’s sovereignty and regional integrity.

Earlier on day one, Modi held delegation-level talks with Xi on the sidelines of Qingdao SCO Summit. During the bilateral meeting, India and China signed several agreements, including one on Brahmaputra river.

PM Narendra Modi held a meeting with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on the sidelines of SCO Summit in China’s Qingdao.

He also raked up the issue of terrorism in Afghanistan and how the country is battling against it. Modi said security was also a priority for India.

PM Narendra Modi invited Kazakhstan to join the International Solar Alliance and the President of Kazakhstan responded positively.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain shake hands after signing of agreements between SCO nations, in China’s Qingdao.