Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: militarily stronger, politically less stable

Published on, by ,  Sept. 30, 2010.

From 9 to 25 September 2010, Kazakhstan hosted the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation SCO annual military exercise. All member states were present, with the exception of Uzbekistan … //

… While the drill displayed the increasing level of effective coordination between Russian and Chinese forces, it also revealed the disorganization prevailing within the Russian armies. They are very cumbersome and slow to transport, as was witnessed during the coup in Kirghizistan. On that occasion, Moscow decided not to intervene simply because it wasn’t able to do so. 

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization gains more credibility each year, although the explosive situation brewing at the seat of Russian power is raising doubts about Russia’s military capability and political will in the long run. (full text).


SCO’s official website;

SCO on wikipedia;

2010-06-10 Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Uzbekistan.

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