The Shanghai Cooperation Organization was expanded for the first time at the two-day summit in Astana, with the inclusion of Pakistan and India.                 

According to an article published in Daily China on Saturday, the inclusion of the two major regional countries in the SCO demonstrates the organization's growing appeal.            

The article said it will greatly boost its role of promoting regional stability and prosperity in the whole region.

The SCO could also serve as a platform to promote the common need for economic and trade development, especially under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative framework.

It is further said that the world can expect the organization to more comprehensively promote regional unity in the quest for a more secure and prosperous future.

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