On June 12th, 2019, CGTN Amercia interviewed Harriman Institute director, Alexander Cooley, about the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. He said, "There are two great sources of uncertainty leading into the summit, one is geopolitical and the other one is organizational. Geopolitically, the summit comes at a time in which trade tensions are escalating between China and the United States. China is positioning itself as the guardian of the multilateral world trading system against what it accuses the US of being - capricious and political economic manouvers. And also, there is real concern about US sanctions across the SCO member states." Cooley went on to explain how the role of India alters the organizational dynamic of agenda setting for the SCO.