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Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Russia, China Probing for Advantage

Lately the foreign press hasn't paid much attention to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.  This inattention isn't due to inactivity on Russia's part.
 
Recent reports suggest that Moscow is eager to enhance the SCO's capabilities. Given China's rising economic and political influence in Central Asia, however, Moscow is finding that its desires don't automatically translate into an altered SCO agenda. Thus, Moscow's near-term goal has been to identify threats that it shares with China, and enhance joint cooperation to fight them. The hope is that joint cooperation will evolve into a more robust SCO.
 

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Stephen Blank is a professor at the US Army War College. The views expressed this article do not in any way represent the views of the US Army, Defense Department or the US Government.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Russia, China Probing for Advantage

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