Chinese President Xi Jinping received a welcome ceremony ahead of a summit of the Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO). The SCO summit is taking place in the ancient Silk Road city of Samarkand this year.
President Xi Jinping is due to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the summit. The SCO is a regional security bloc launched in 2001 to combat radical Islam and other security challenges. The group initially consisted of China, Russia, and four ex-Soviet Central Asian republics, before India and Pakistan joined in 2017. For more, we cross to SABC News correspondent Rosie Birchard in Uzbekistan.
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