Putin and Xi Jinping create new anti-Western bloc

Putin and Xi Jinping create new anti-Western bloc

Putin and Xi Jinping create new anti-Western bloc

Press – the service of the President of Uzbekistan announced who will take part in the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which will be held next week in Samarkand.

Ilkin Shafiyev, columnist for haqqin.az

The summit will reportedly be attended by President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of China Xi Jinping, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahbaz Sharif, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Iran Ibrahim Raisi, President of Mongolia Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan.

In the official The report indicates that during the chairmanship of Uzbekistan in the SCO, the main attention will be focused on such priorities of cooperation within the organization as strengthening trade and economic relations, developing industrial cooperation, expanding transport and communication interdependence, digital transformation, “green” economy, as well as uk strengthening the international authority of the SCO.

It is already known that unprecedented security measures will be taken during the summit, scheduled for September 15-16. Samarkand airport and public institutions will be closed for several days. The start of classes in schools and universities will be postponed until September 20. Even from journalists, the summit organizers demanded not only passport data, but also an autobiography and a certificate of affiliation with the media, certified by government agencies.

Judging by the fact that Vladimir Putin has already had two telephone conversations with the President of Uzbekistan on preparations and discussed with him the issues that will be included in the agenda, the President of Russia is carefully preparing for the summit in Samarkand.

As you know, on the eve of the summit in Tashkent, meetings were held between the Foreign Ministers and the secretaries of the Security Councils of the countries that are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. There, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev statedthat Russia is in favor of reforms in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization “taking into account the current geopolitical realities”, specifying that the draft reforms will be submitted by Russia for discussion during the upcoming SCO summit.

In turn, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at the ministerial meeting, stressed that the SCO is one of the few international organizations capable of resisting the unipolar world order imposed by the collective West.

“The SCO is a real alternative to NATO and the EU, where the hands of sovereign countries are literally being wrenched out,” Lavrov emphasized.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu also made his proposals on this subject, according to which it is necessary to increase the combat potential of the SCO. Shoigu bluntly stated that “the US military biological program, the details of which were revealed during a special operation in Ukraine, poses a direct threat to the SCO countries.”

Vice Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Irina Yarovaya went the furthest, proposing to consider the SCO platform “as the most important in matters of countering Nazism”

Summing up all these statements, it becomes obvious that Moscow is striving to create an anti-Western coalition within the SCO and to open a front of political and economic struggle under the leadership of the United States against the collective West led by the United States. Which, according to analysts, is unlikely to be understood by most of the countries that are part of the “Shanghai bloc”, which do not want to go into a tough confrontation with the West, and some are even ready to reconsider the recently “cold” relations with the United States.

< p>For example, Kazakhstan does not support Russia in the war against Ukraine and is trying to build closer relations with the West. Uzbekistan also does not want to be dictated by Moscow and seeks to pursue an independent policy. And Tajikistan even held joint exercises with the United States on August 10, in which military units of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan took part. And even China, despite the visit of Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, does not seem to be going to use the SCO platform for anti-Western rhetoric.

Speaking at a ministerial meeting in Tashkent, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi limited himself to the phrase that that the SCO should uphold international justice and be a stabilizing factor in the international and regional environment.

Putin and Xi Jinping create a new anti-Western bloc

But Wang Yi limited himself to international justice

Putin and Xi Jinping create a new anti-Western bloc

But most of the Shanghai bloc countries do not want to confront the West

Recall that the SCO emerged on the political map of the world through the efforts of five founders – Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. At the very beginning, these countries decided to join forces in order to resolve issues related to the delimitation of borders and ensuring mutual security. Subsequently, the activities of the SCO extended to the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism and extremism in Central Asia, as well as to the solution of numerous problems in Afghanistan. And, finally, at the last stage, this list was supplemented by issues of trade and economic cooperation, however, without special obligations and preferences: all the main issues in this area, the SCO member countries are still resolved on a bilateral basis.

It should be emphasized that the absence of strict regulations contributed to the popularity of the SCO. Now the organization includes eight member states (India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), four observers (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia), as well as six countries in the status of “dialogue partners” – Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey, Sri Lanka.

It is expected that during the Samarkand summit Belarus and Iran will officially apply for full membership in the SCO and a decision on their membership will be made. participation in it.

Putin and Xi Jinping create a new anti-Western bloc

Comrade Xi leaves China for the first time

The fact is that since the beginning of the pandemic, Xi has never left the Celestial Empire and only recently decided to pay a two-day visit to the island of Hong Kong. (Moreover, “comrade Xi” flew to mainland Shenzhen to spend the night, where a state residence is equipped for such cases).

To protect Xi Jinping from possible infection, the same strict (and, by the way, very similar) security measures are applied, as well as for Vladimir Putin. It is known, for example, that two weeks before the Chinese leader's visit, Hong Kong officials were banned from attending mass events and using public transport.

Moreover, they were tested for covid every day, and before Xi's arrival, they were quarantined in a special hotel . Journalists who were accredited to cover the event were also accommodated there.

The Wall Street Journal wrote that initially Xi Jinping, taking into account the pandemic factor, intended to take part in the summit via video link, but after Nancy's scandalous visit Pelosi to Taiwan, changed his plans.