Military officers from members and observers of the Shanghai
Cooperation Organization (SCO) concluded their meeting in Beijing
yesterday, with in-depth exchange of views on defense and security
cooperation within the SCO framework.
During the 10-day forum themed "China's Peaceful Development and
the SCO," the 25 senior military officers also discussed
international and regional security situation and anti-terrorism
The forum, the second one following last year's, aimed at
boosting pragmatic cooperation in defense and security fields among
SCO members and observers, according to sources with the Chinese
Defense Ministry, the organizer of the forum.
The participants are from the SCO member countries of China,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and SCO
observer countries of Mongolia, Pakistan and India.
Last year's forum was also held in China.
Established in 2001, the SCO is committed to fighting terrorism,
separatism and extremism and maintaining regional peace, security
(Xinhua News Agency November 17, 2006)