The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) met in St. Petersburg on November 7 and appeared to continue its trajectory away from being a security group to an economic body, The Bug Pit reported. Tashkent has boycotted the Russian-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization, and didn't show up for the meeting about Afghanistan in Istanbul. Yet Uzbek First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Azimov participated in the SCO meeting in St. Petersburg, uzdaily.com reported. Proposals that came out of the meeting seemed remarkably similar to those recently made by the US for its New Silk Road plan, says The Bug Pit, that is, investment in the infrastructure of the crossroads between Europe and Asia in order to provide stability and prosperity to the region,
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Catherine A. Fitzpatrick compiles the Uzbekistan weekly roundup for EurasiaNet. She is also editor of EurasiaNet's Choihona blog.