World Will Benefit from Chinese-Russian-Indian Co-Op

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BEIJING (RIA Novosti) — Cooperation between China, Russia and India will benefit global as well as regional development, Chinese leader Hu Jintao said.

"Trilateral cooperation between China, Russia and India is not aimed against any third party, and is beneficial for the development of these three nations and that of the world at large," Hu said in an interview with Russian media.

He said China, Russia and India, which play an increasingly important role in the global arena, have shared interests and see eye to eye on many key issues of international concern.

"All three countries advocate a multi-polar world, the democratization of international relations, and the preservation of world diversity; they want international issues and interstate disputes to be settled on the basis of universally accepted norms of international law and seek a consolidated role for the United Nations," said the Chinese leader.

China, Russia, and India cooperate, specifically, through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a regional security alliance currently composed of six full member states and five observers.

According to the Chinese leader, the SCO is now preparing a document on further expansion.

Its full-fledged members include China, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan; India, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan and Afghanistan have observer status.

The organization’s primary ambition is to ensure regional security by combating drug trafficking, illegal arms trade, and trans-border crime. It also works to boost economic cooperation in the region and to create favorable conditions for trade and investment. Promotion of closer cultural and humanitarian ties is one other important area of the alliance’s activity.