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The SCO welcomes rivals into its fold

Membership for India and Pakistan raises bloc's profile, but may invite friction

ASTANA/TOKYO India and Pakistan have joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as the bloc's first new members in its 16-year history. But while the addition brings the SCO a new level of international relevance, it may also invite internal upheaval.

The SCO, which was founded in 2001 by China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic, formally admitted India and Pakistan into its ranks at a two-day summit in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, in early June.

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