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IndiaModi raises China's PoK corridor with Xi Jinping, slams Pakistan's terror link

Modi raises China’s PoK corridor with Xi Jinping, slams Pakistan’s terror link


Modi raises China's PoK corridor with Xi Jinping, slams Pakistan's terror link

There is a need to identify suppliers and exporters of terror, Modi said in a message to Pakistan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed to China's Xi Jinping that it was of “paramount importance” for relations that China respects 's concerns on key strategic issues that include Chinese investment in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and on India's entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

The PM raised the China Pakistan Economic Corridor during his bilateral meeting with Xi before the Summit opens in Hangzhou on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Modi also stressed the need to address the root causes of terrorism emanating from the neighbourhood, leaving little doubt that his message was aimed at getting China to pressure Pakistan, rather than prevent action as it has recently done by placing holds on sanctions at the UNSC on Pakistani terrorists such as Masood Azhar.

Modi's meeting with Xi was seen by both sides as an opportunity to set ties on track. While officials said specific issues were not discussed in detail, the idea was to convey a clear message on the way forward for ties and for more sensitivity to each other's core concerns.


India's message to China in recent meetings was that Beijing could not delink bilateral ties from its positions that often oppose India in international fora such as the NSG, where China has sought to delay India's entry.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup declined to say if the NSG issue was specifically raised with Xi, pointing out that a summit-level meeting was aimed “to provide overall guidance and direction” to India China relations.

However, he added, “If you read between the lines when we are talking about our strategic interests, concerns and aspirations, it is not that China is unaware of our strategic interests, concerns or aspirations  or that we are unaware of theirs. It is something that both sides are aware of.”

The issue has emerged as another thorn in India's ties with China, although hopes are that some progress would be made with both sides soon to hold talks between their directors general of their disarmament departments to bridge differences.


Specifically mentioning the recent attack on the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan, the PM stressed to Xi it was “yet another proof of the continuing scourge of terrorism”, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters.

The PM also made what officials described as “a strong intervention” on terrorism during the informal BRICS leader's summit that followed his bilateral meeting with Xi. Terrorism had a “supply chain” that was global, and it was clear terrorists were being armed and funded as they themselves did not own banks of weapons factories.

This was a message also stressed during his bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with the PM stressing that Afghanistan, Russia and China were suffering from the “destabilising” effects of terror.

Hence it was “important for us to identify suppliers, exporters and financiers of terrorism, otherwise the will face a huge challenge and problem in coming weeks and months” was the PM's message, said Swarup.

The PM also thanked Turnbull for Australia's “proactive support” for India's membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group, which has faced opposition from China. Turnbull said his government would continue to support India's bid.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.


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