On April 25, 2011, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO – founded in 2001 by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) held a conference for the Chiefs of the General Staff in Shanghai, as part of the agreement of the Tashkent Summit of SCO Heads of State. China initiated the conference; it will be the first of its kind since SCO was founded ten years ago. Chen Bingde, China’s chief of the general staff of the People’s Liberation Army and also the host of the conference pointed out that, over the past 10 years, defense and security cooperation among SCO member states has been fruitful; mutual military trust has deepened; laws and regulations have continued to improve; the cooperation mechanisms have developed; and joint anti-terror exercises have been effective. SCO defense ministers signed a cooperation plan last month for the period 2012-2013.
Source: Xinhua, April 22, 2011