Modi raises terrorism, China-Pak corridor in talks with Xi and G20 meetings


India called on China on Sunday to join a unified global effort to counter terrorism and urged it to stop politicising the issue, emphasising that problem was emanating from South Asia and gradually destabilising the region.

In a 35-minute meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and later addressing BRICS leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the issue of terrorism was the central challenge facing the world.

Pakistan wasn’t mentioned in a briefing by ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Modi’s meetings, but India’s assertion of Islamabad’s involvement in spreading terrorism in the country was made clear to Xi and other BRICS leaders.

Modi is in Hangzhou to take part in the 11th G20 Summit in the eastern Chinese city. He spoke to Xi about India’s “aspirations, concerns and strategic interests”.

Modi began his meeting with Xi by extending his condolences over a recent terror attack on the Chinese embassy at Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, last week.

“Condemning the terrorists’ attack on the Chinese embassy in Bishkek, he said this was yet another proof of the continuous scourge of terrorism. He reiterated that our response to terrorism should not be dictated by the political considerations,” Swarup said.

Modi conveyed India’s concerns over the $46-billion China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being laid through Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

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