Foreign Policy Watch: India-SCO

India, Pakistan to take part in war games


Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: RATS, SCO, etc. (read the attached story)

Mains level: It will be a first-of-its-kind exercise with Pakistan.


Counter-terror drill planned in Russia

  1. In a first, India and Pakistan will be part of a multi-nation counter-terror exercise in Russia in September
  2. It will also be joined by China and several other countries
  3. The military exercise will take place under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO)
  4. The SCO is a China-dominated security grouping which is increasingly seen as a counterweight to NATO
  5. Almost all SCO member countries will be part of it

Aim of the exercise

  1. The main aim of the exercise, Peace Mission, will be to enhance counter-terror cooperation among the eight member countries

Why is this exercise special?

  1. It will be for the first time since Independence that India and Pakistan will be part of a military exercise,
  2. though the armies of the two nations have worked together in U.N. peacekeeping missions

India as a member of the SCO

  1. India feels that as an SCO member, it will be able to play a major role in addressing the threat of terrorism in the region
  2. It is also keen on deepening its security-related cooperation with the SCO and its Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS), which specifically deals with issues relating to security and defence

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