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International relations

China-led Shanghai grouping offers challenge to G-7

From North Korea to Iran, the SCO's unity contrasts with Western rancor

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, greets Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 8.   © Reuters

QINGDAO, China -- As the two-day meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization kicked off in the northeastern Chinese city of Qingdao on Saturday, the host was working hard to present a picture of unity among its member-states and four observers.

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