Tamil Diplomat

Willing to work with India, says Xi

India and China must be “sensitive to each other’s concerns”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Chinese President Xi Jinping, when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G-20 summit here in an attempt to reboot troubled ties between the two countries.

Officials said that during the 35 minute meeting, Mr. Modi raised several concerns, including “terrorism emerging” from the area covered by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) — the $46 billion connectivity project that India has objected to.

Without naming Pakistan, China’s “all weather ally,” the Prime Minister said, “Our response to terrorism must not be motivated by political considerations.”

In response, President Xi is understood to have said that “China is willing to work with India “to maintain their hard-won sound relations and further advance cooperation”, a tacit acceptance that the relationship needs improvement. According to State-run Xinhua news agency, Mr. Xi suggested that “China and India should continue dialogues at various levels and in various areas, and frequently exchange views on major issues of common interest to enhance understanding and trust.”

MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said that at the informal BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India- China-South Africa) summit that followed his meeting with President Xi, the Prime Minister said told the BRICS meet that terror groups “in South Asia and for that matter anywhere do not own banks and factories”.

“Clearly someone funds and arms them and the BRICS must intensify joint efforts not only to fight terror, but coordinate actions to isolate those who are supporters and sponsors of terror,” Mr Modi said, adding that “supply chains (of terrorism) and reach are global, (and) abuse of social media to promote radical ideology is a growing dimension of this threat.”(THE HINDU,2016)