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2011-06-14 10 Years of SCO: Mechanism and International Impacts
    2011-06-13 16:31:08     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: luyuan

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization or SCO, which groups 6 countries, including China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, has been around for 10 years. Once an organization designed to maintain regional peace and stability, the SCO now plays a much broader role, expanding its functions by incorporating cooperation in the economic and cultural sphere. 

Ever since the SCO's founding, many Western observers have looked at the organization warily, despite its assurance that it is not an alliance directed against other states and regions and it adheres to the principle of openness. The general western view has been that the SCO was set up to counterweight the NATO and squeeze the US influence out of the region. Now as the U.S. war in Afghanistan drags on, the SCO and the U.S. see increasing room for cooperation in a post-war Afghanistan as well as the larger central Asian region.

So what are some of the highlights during the SCO's ten years' of development? And how should the SCO bolster its intra-cooperation?

Ni hao, you're listening to  People In the Know, bringing you insights into the headline news in China and around the world, I'm Zheng Chenguang in Beijing. Today, we will take look at the mechanism and international impacts of the SCO.

We are joined by Prof. Alexander Cooley, Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College under the Columbia University and  Zhao Huasheng, Director Center for Russia and Central Asia Studies, Center for Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies under the Fudan University in Shanghai.



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