Eura­sia bloc swells

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MOSCOW: In­dia and Pak­istan have be­came full mem­bers of the Shang­hai Co- op­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion, a Chi­nese- led mil­i­tary, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal bloc of Eurasian states that in­cludes Rus­sia.

The bids for mem­ber­ship were ap­proved by mem­ber state lead­ers at a sum­mit in Kaza­khstan’s cap­i­tal, Astana, Rus­sian state me­dia said. A fo­cus of the or­gan­i­sa­tion in re­cent years has been the fight against in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism, par­tic­u­larly Is­lamic State.

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