China-led security group no longer an empty ship

International attention focused last weekend on Samarkand, Uzbekistan, site of the 22nd Shanghai Cooperation Organization Leaders’ Summit.

Most of the reports involved speculation about who was in attendance: Chinese President Xi Jinping, making his first overseas trip since the COVID-19 pandemic began; Russian President Vladimir Putin, defending his invasion of Ukraine; Prime Minister Narendra Modi, navigating between competing demands for India’s SCO membership with participation in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.

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