BRICS Summit: No crack in China wall, talks to continue

In the end, the two leaders decided that China’s State Councillor Yang Jiechi — who was present at the 40-minute bilateral meeting — would travel to India again and meet National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to discuss the issue further.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | Benaulim (goa) | Updated: October 16, 2016 11:39 am
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday told President Xi Jinping that India and China could not afford to have differences on the scourge of terrorism and must look for common ground at the UN 1267 sanctions committee — but an unmoved Xi, despite agreeing that terrorism is a “key issue”, didn’t change the Chinese position on Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar.

In the end, the two leaders decided that China’s State Councillor Yang Jiechi — who was present at the 40-minute bilateral meeting — would travel to India again and meet National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to discuss the issue further.

Xi also did not budge on New Delhi’s other priority issue — India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group — during a “brief discussion” on the matter. They agreed the two sides would hold a second round of consultations “soon”. The first round of consultations took place between the top interlocutors in New Delhi in September.

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Pakistan remained the elephant in the room, since New Delhi believes that Beijing is stonewalling on both issues — Azhar’s listing at the UN sanctions committee and India’s entry into the NSG — to protect Islamabad’s core interests.
China had recently put a technical hold once again at the UN 1267 committee and prevented Azhar — who India believes was behind the Pathankot attack this year and the Parliament attack of 2001 — from being designated a global terrorist, despite the Jaish being a UN-proscribed terror group. Azhar lives in Pakistan and has been writing provocative anti-India articles in jihadist publications.

In the case of NSG, China had blocked consensus — with some help from a group of countries — India’s application to become a member of the NSG, and has clubbed it with Pakistan’s application. While China has insisted on a criteria-based process, the clubbing together with Islamabad’s application is certain to spike India’s chances — since the international community will find it difficult to let Pakistan become a member of NSG owing to its poor record on nuclear proliferation.

Briefing reporters after the bilateral meeting between Xi and Modi, the Ministry of External Affairs’ official spokesperson Vikas Swaup said, “Both sides recognised terrorism as a key issue. President Xi said we should strengthen our security dialogue and partnership. PM Modi said that both India and China had been victims of terrorism which was a scourge afflicting the entire region.

“Today no country is immune from terrorism, hence this is an issue on which we cannot afford to have any differences; in particular, India and China must increase their coordination in the context of the UN 1267 committee and look for common ground.”

According to the MEA spokesperson, Xi agreed that “terrorism and violent extremism were on the increase”, and alluded to the threat from the so-called Islamic State group.

The Chinese president said that China opposes terrorism in all forms and manifestations, and that there must be increased cooperation with India, according to the MEA spokesperson. President Xi, the spokesperson said, said that India and China “must step up their counter-terrorism efforts”, and that “we must maintain our strategic communication on this subject”.

Later, responding to questions, Swarup said, “There is close coordination between India and China on this issue and that particular dialogue will continue… the Chinese side is very well aware of our concerns, need for us to ensure that globally notified terrorists are designated by the UN.”

In the end, Swarup said that India was maintaining continuous dialogue with China, and expected “China to see the logic of what we are saying” — indicating New Delhi’s disappointment with Beijing’s response.
“When NSA meets State Councillor Yang Jiechi, I expect this issue will be taken up further,” he said.

On NSG, the spokesperson said, “There was a brief discussion on NSG, PM said that we look forward to working with China to realise India’s membership of NSG. One round of consultations had already taken place between the two sides, President Xi said that the second round would be happening soon.”

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  1. I
    Oct 16, 2016 at 7:33 am
    India has to think out of the box.. spending billions for ammo to please big will end India into more poverty and self destruction.. on the other hand addressing the core issue of kashmir will help to eradicate its troubles .. If BJP thinks radically then there is no way out
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      Aaditya Ram
      Oct 16, 2016 at 1:32 pm
      It will take a lot of time that we should be able to counter Chinese. We are far far behind and are a poor nation. Our army is poorly equipped and is not capable to counter our potential enemy. Now USA is trying to build relation with us just to use us against Russia and China and to sell us weapons worth billions of dollars. It is the time that our leaders should think of first about the poor peoples. We can not win wars with China or either with stan as both are nuclear powers. PM Modi is playing in the hands of world leader and lack statemanship.
      1. R
        Oct 16, 2016 at 2:44 am
        Hindiots are such incompetents that they can't even copy anything.
        1. R
          Oct 16, 2016 at 12:40 am
          Keep trying Modiji,until you crack the China Wall. But never ever India should develop anything of its own. Because all so called D's of India are headed by DUMBrahmins and real Ds are in all foreign countries for investing in which Indians are slogging daily to pay tax.
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            Pak Army
            Oct 16, 2016 at 7:46 am
            Just saying since 1947. Do it if can
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              Mayur Ganatra
              Oct 16, 2016 at 9:23 am
              Don't trust China and their talk....just focus on our own core and with time we prove that only : a man who uses his hands is a laborer. one who uses his hands and his mind is a craftsman. but he who uses his hands, his mind, and his heart, is an artist...we are late and last ne.
              1. P
                Oct 16, 2016 at 3:00 am
                Chinese exports to India are worth 70 Billion dollars, reduce these to Zero and China will learn a lesson and stop its activities against India. Why should we give business to a country who uses the profits gained from our money to harm us ? China profits from India and gives arms to stan, help stan create a nuclear threat to India, stan Kills our soldiers under its Nuclear umbrella. Remember when we buy a Chinese product we help stan kill our soldiers our people.
              2. A
                Oct 16, 2016 at 1:49 am
                I find the body language worth reading, Xi does not even make eye contact in the posed photo with the Indian PM. Its not positive body language. Theres certain to be another way to get past the Chinese wall....ask the Chinese. It will take sustained battering from multiple directions. They appear to think little of even international fora's decisions on the South China Sea.
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