On the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping after concluding delegation-level talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The details of the meeting were discussed by Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs in a briefing with the media. He said that both PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping “reviewed the two countries’ bilateral relationship and its dimensions.”
The talks between the two heads of state focused on terrorism and India’s bid for NSG. Swarup said that both countries recognise terrorism as a key issue and there has been dialogue on strengthening security and partnership on that front.
“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,” Vikas Swarup said.
Alluding to the threat from ISIL, President Xi also acknowledged the rise of terrorism and violent extremism.
Vikas Swarup said that there was also a brief discussion on NSG. “PM Modi said that we look forward to working with China to realise India’s membership of NSG,” he said.
“One round of consultations had already taken place between two sides, President Xi said that second round would be happening soon,” Swarup said on NSG. Overall, for the meeting, Swarup said that the broad concerns of India were conveyed to the Chinese side and that there is close coordination especially on the issue of terrorism.
“Our broad concerns in the current state conveyed to Chinese side, intention was that both sides should narrow down areas of differences. The Chinese side is very well aware of our concerns. There is need for us to ensure that globally notified terrorists are designated by the UN,” Swarup said.
On Masood Azhar, Swarup said that there was close coordination between India and China on the issue and that dialogue will continue.
“President Xi clearly said that China opposes all forms, manifestations of terrorism and that there must be increase coop with India. When NSA meets State Counsellor Yang Jiechi I expect this issue will be taken up further. We are maintaining continuous dialogue with China and expect them to see the logic of what we are saying,” Vikas Swarup said.
Swarup also said President Xi lauded India’s chairmanship of BRICS, and in particular outreach with BIMSTEC countries which he described as innovative. “PM Modi said India and China must increase their coordination in context of UN 1267 committee and look for common ground,” Vikas Swarup said.