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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived on Saturday on a two-day visit primarily to attend the annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) which is likely to deliberate on several pressing global issues including future of Iran nuclear deal, the impact of US sanctions on Russia and situation in the Indo-Pacific region.It is Modi's second visit to China in little over five weeks. He was in the Chinese city of Wuhan on 27 and 28 April to attend an informal summit with Chinese president Xi Jinping. Diplomats said the summit is also likely to explore ways to deepen cooperation among the SCO member countries in dealing with threats of terrorism, extremism, and radicalisation besides delving into issues relating to trade, investment, and connectivity. It is for the first time the Indian prime minister will be attending the SCO summit after India, along with Pakistan, became a full-fledged member of the grouping, jointly dominated by China and Russia, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to NATO. The SCO currently has eight member countries which represent around 42 percent of the world's population and 20 percent of the global GDP. Besides Modi, other leaders attending the summit in this picturesque coastal city of China's Shandong province include China's president Xi Jinping, Russian president Vladimir Putin, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Pakistan president Mamnoon Hussain. In his address at the SCO, Modi is likely to articulate India's position on dealing with major challenges facing the world including ways to tackle terrorism, and boosting trade and investment in the region.

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