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PM Modi leaves for home after two-day China visit

Press Trust of India  |  Qingdao 

today left for home after wrapping up his two-day visit to during which he attended the Cooperation Organisation Summit and held nearly half a dozen bilateral meetings, including with

It is for the first time the Indian attended the after along with became full-fledged members of the grouping, jointly dominated by and Russia, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to NATO.

On the sidelines of the summit, Modi met Xi during which they agreed to hold the next informal summit in next year besides resolving to continue efforts to ensure peace and tranquility along the border.

The also held bilateral talks with leaders from Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and

He also shook hands with and exchanged pleasantaries.

In his address at the plenary session of the 18th here, Modi

called for respect for sovereignty, economic growth, connectivity and unity among the members of the Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

He also coined an acronym 'SECURE' which he explained: S' for security for citizens, E' for economic development, C' for connectivity in the region, U' for unity, R' for respect of sovereignty and integrity, E' for environment protection.

The SCO currently has eight member countries which represents around 42 per cent of the world's population and 20 per cent of the global GDP.

The SCO was founded at a summit in in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, and and became its members last year.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 15:25 IST