China and Russia are hailing what they say is a new era of strong co-operation – its symbol: the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit taking place in Beijing. The one-time cold-war rivals, have pledged to strengthen their cooperation on foreign policy, and to provide a different approach in resolving the world’s crises. They have worked together to block UN security council resolutions against Syria, arguing against any type of foreign military intervention whose aim is ultimately regime change. At this Beijing summit, one of their top priorities will be finding a common approach to Afghanistan. And the Afghan leader, Hamid Karzai has been invited to attend the meeting.