The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation: China's Initiative in Regional Institutional Building

Joseph Y. S. Cheng
2011 Journal of Contemporary Asia  
China's initiative in establishing and promoting the development of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) is an interesting case study of China's attempt at regional institution building. China's increasing interest in Central Asia coincided with its gradual acceptance and rising enthusiasm regarding participation in regional organisations. The "Shanghai Five" mechanism and the SCO were seen as appropriate mechanisms for pursuing China's multiple interests in the region; their
more » ... n; their development was also in line with the improvement in Sino-Russian relations. Chinese leaders have skilfully developed the SCO's institutional framework, and they seem intent on getting good value for the resources spent. The leaders have also demonstrated considerable patience when the SCO's development encountered setbacks.
doi:10.1080/00472336.2011.610618 fatcat:xza22anasfcvdfau3izcwanhvq