Leaders sign the Declaration of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
On June 15th, 2001 Russia and China with four other countries sign the Declaration of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, forming the SCO. On 16 July 2001, Russia and the PRC, the organization's two leading nations, extend relationships by signing the Treaty of Good-Neighbourliness and Friendly Cooperation. About this photo: SCO Forum leaders after the ceremony of signing of a joint statement on June 14, 2001.  Photo credit: Kremlin.ru / Wikimedia

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