From Radio Australia: “LAM: So is the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation positioning itself as a kind of a regional counterpoint if you like to US European NATO?

HUISKEN: I think it’s a long way from that, it has certainly been a forum that within which they’ve conducted multilateral military exercises, particularly counter-insurgency ones, but also a couple of bigger ones where the message was wider, not least to Japan. And certainly both China and Russia in particular are vehemently opposed to NATO expansion, and particularly of course to the US presence in central Asia that was legitimised if you like by 9/11.” (Interview of Dr. Ron Huisken, senior fellow, at the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre by Sen Lam)