President Mamnoon Hussain will arrive in China on Friday evening to attend the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit to be held in Qingdao, a coastal city in east China’s Shandong province from June 9 to 10.

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The president will lead Pakistani delegation and deliver a keynote address at the summit.

“The president, in his speech, will define Pakistan’s perspective on the regional and international developments and the role Pakistan envisages to play in this organization in the coming years,” official sources told APP here on Thursday.

On the sidelines of the summit, Mamnoon Hussain will hold an important meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. This meeting will be yet another high-level contact between the leaders of all-weather strategic partners Pakistan and China in the last two months.

Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held a bilateral meeting with President Xi during Boao Forum for Asia held in Boao Town in the southern island province of Hainan, China in April this year.

The two leaders will sit together and undertake a review of the all-weather strategic relations, bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and China especially in the context of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is making smooth progress.

They are also likely to discuss other areas of cooperation which are coming under the CPEC framework, the sources added.

President Mamnoon is also likely to hold meeting with other leaders of the SCO member states. This will give Pakistani leadership an opportunity to review bilateral cooperation with these countries.

The upcoming summit is very important for Pakistan as this is the first SCO summit since the expansion of the SCO in June 2017 at the Astana summit in Kazakhstan, after India and Pakistan were accepted as full members.

Leaders of SCO member states and observer states, as well as chiefs of various international organizations, will attend the summit to be chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

President Xi will exchange views with participants on the SCO’s current status and future development, cooperation in various areas under new circumstances and major international and regional issues.

President Xi and leaders of other member states will sign and release the Qingdao Declaration, and approve cooperative documents on security, economy, and humanity, including a three-year action plan on fighting the “three evil forces” of terrorism, separatism and extremism.

The declaration will draw lessons from the SCO’s experience of development since its establishment in 2001, continue to uphold the “Shanghai Spirit” of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality, consultation, respect for diverse civilizations and the pursuit of common development, and boost solidarity and mutual trust among member states.

The Qingdao summit will lay out new plans to enhance the synergy of development strategies of member states, especially promoting the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative to lift regional economic cooperation.

On security, the summit focus would be on the “three evil forces” (terrorism, extremism, and separatism), drug trafficking and cyber-crime.

Since China took over the rotating presidency of the SCO last June, more than 160 activities including a series of important institutional meetings and multilateral events have been held so far.

The SCO was established in Shanghai in 2001, with China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as founding members. With the inclusion of Pakistan and India, the eight SCO member states now account for more than 60 percent of the Eurasian landmass, nearly half of the world’s population and over 20 percent of global GDP.