PM Modi is addressing the leaders of the SCO member states, including Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin. The focus of his address is expected to be the rising security and economic concerns amid the Covid pandemic.
Priem Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit virtually. This is the first occasion where PM Modi has come face-to-face, albeit virtually, with Chinese president Xi Jining, since the border standoff between India and China began in eastern Ladakh in early May.
The SCO summit is being held virtually this year due to travel restrictions and safety concerns in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The summit is likely to be dominated by the adverse economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the rising threat of terrorism.
According to a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry earlier, the government sources said, the summit is expected to focus on countering the spread of terrorism including the use of the internet for spreading radicalisation, as also issues relating to trade and economic activities.