The Shanghai Pact: The SCO and Implications for America in Eurasia
Recorded on June 9, 2006
The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
On June 15, Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit will
convene in Shanghai, China. On the agenda is a deadline for the
U.S. departure from the air force base at the Manas Airport in
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. This is less than a year after the SCO, under
Chinese and Russian leadership, pushed the U.S. out of a military
base in Karshi Khanabad, Uzbekistan. Last year, joint Sino-Russian
military maneuvers took place simulating amphibious assaults and
combined operations against a strong conventional enemy. This year,
such maneuvers will be repeated.
Is the SCO, where Iran is welcomed as an observer and touted as a
potential member, but the U.S. is kept out, a new de facto
anti-American bloc in Eurasia? How strong are Sino-Russian ties and
what is their motivation? Is resistance in Beijing and Moscow to
America's role as the "sole superpower" sufficient glue to overcome
their inherent strategic incompatibility in Central Asia? How
significant is Sino-Russian cooperation as far as the search for a
diplomatic solution for the pending Iranian crisis is concerned?
Join us as our panel of experts examines these questions and the
implications for American policy in Eurasia.
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