Though he has, on occasion, also been amenable to a quick course correction-as he did with China, when he quickly did a volte face after questioning the validity of the "one-China policy" in Sino-American relations.
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Congratulating India for joining the SCO family, the prime minister noted, "SCO gives us a powerful platform to build trust, peace and spur economic growth". "We have everything we need to succeed".
In this changed scenario, complicated with the presence of Trump in the White House, where does Indian diplomacy go? "I want to thank all members for their support", Modi announced, adding India's relationship with the SCO countries were historical. Millions of Indian troops have been deployed in Indian occupied Kashmir, he said.
"The expansion is a historic moment for the SCO and relations between Eurasian countries", Dmitry Mezentsev, former secretary general of the SCO, told Xinhua. Sharif had undergone an open-heart surgery in June previous year. It continues to play in over 7,000 screens across China.
India and Pakistan today became full members of the SCO with Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly pitching for coordinated efforts by the countries of the grouping to combat terrorism and enhance connectivity without impinging on sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Xi also said that China and India should increase trade and investment cooperation to ensure that the two countries were able to enjoy more "early stage profits" from large scale projects in infrastructure and industry.
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However, the most major difference between SAARC and the SCO is that India is not the biggest power, and one of the major decision makers (China) is also a concern for India and Pakistan's strongest ally to boot.
In his address at the summit of Heads of State Council of the SCO, he said Pakistan pursued a policy of peaceful neighbourhood and stressed upon promotion of peace and harmony for the future generations which should not be made toxic with an air of animosity. Pakistan had set up a green energy stall at the expo.
"Against the backdrop of complex and volatile worldwide situation, the sound India-China relations can serve as a stabiliser".
Xi urged the SCO to play a bigger role in Afghanistan's peace and reconciliation process, adding that China will assume the SCO rotating presidency after the Astana summit and is willing to maintain close communication and coordination with all parties, including Russian Federation, to achieve further development for the SCO.
What do the coming days portend?
PM Nawaz will return to Pakistan after a two-day successful visit to Kazakhstan. Or will this throw cold water on New Delhi's triumphalism about America?