After his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa. PM Modi described his meeting with Xi as ‘fruitful’. “My meeting with President Xi Jinping was fruitful. We discussed various aspects of India-China ties,” he said. The meeting assumes significance in the backdrop of deteriorating ties between Pakistan and India even as China continues to support the former despite terror attacks orchestrated by Pakistan on the Indian soil.
India also said that countries cannot afford to have differences on the issue of tackling terror and put forward
its concerns over Beijing blocking UN designation of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. The bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit to be held tomorrow saw Xi disclosing that a second round of dialogue between the two countries will be held soon on India’s bid for membership of the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in which New Delhi hopes “differences” will be narrowed down. Xi said the dialogue would be helpful.
The two countries also discussed JeM terrorist Masood Azhar, said the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup. In a statement to the media, Swarup said, “We are maintaining dialogue with China on pushing for UN ban on JeM terrorist Masood Azhar. Expect China will see logic in it.” Swarup further added, “When NSA meets State Counsellor Yang Jiechi, I expect this issue will be taken up further.”
India has been upset with China when it put on technical hold New Delhi’s move to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by UN. Recently, China extended the hold by few months.
Broadly, both countries spoke at length on terrorism, with India and China agreeing it’s a scourge for the region. On this note, PM Modi told Xi that no country is immune from terrorism. “India and China must increase cooperation to deal with terror,” said PM Modi.