Kazakhstan was admitted to the UN on 2 March 1992. It is a member of the OSCE, EBRD, ECO, ESCAP, IMF, UNCTAD, and the World Bank. It is applying for membership in other international organizations, including the WTO, and is a member of the CIS. It has established especially good relations with neighboring Central Asian states and China.
In June 2001, leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan met in China to launch the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and sign an agreement to fight ethnic and religious militancy while promoting trade.