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PM Modi nudges China on Masood Azhar ban, NSG bid ahead of BRICS summit

কলকাতা নিউজ ২৪ : 15/10/2016

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday nudged Chinese President Xi Jinping to forge a common ground on designating Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist, saying the two countries should improve coordination within the UN panel that decides on such sanctions.

 

The two leaders, who met ahead of Sunday’s BRICS summit, also discussed India’s bid for a place in the Nuclear Suppliers Group and steps to address growing trade imbalance between India and China.

 

“There are designated structures within the United Nations thatDEAL with terrorism. Prime Minister Modi told Xi that we should increase our coordination in this forum and look for common ground,” said external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

Both sides recognised terrorism was a key issue.

 

China is currently blocking India’s attempt to put Masood Azhar of the Jaish-e-Mohammed on the UN list of proscribed terrorists, a key objective for the Modi government. Pakistan-based Jaish was blamed for the deadly militant attack on the Indian army camp in Uri, Kashmir, which left 19 soldiers dead and further strained New Delhi’s relations with Islamabad.

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New Delhi has since sought to isolate Pakistan and seeking support from neighbours and world power for its campaign against Azhar. But Beijing has yet to come on board.

 

“We can only convey our concerns. It is up to them to review their decision. We hope they will see the logic,” Swarup said. The issue will be taken up again when National Security Advisor Ajit Doval meets his Chines counterpart, Yang Jiechi, next.

Xi, according to Swarup, alluded to the threat from IS and said India and China must strengthen their counter-terrorism cooperation, including their strategic communication and dialogue on this subject.

During their third meeting in less than a year, Modi brought up India’sMEMBERSHIP of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Xi is understood have responded saying his government “will soon hold a second round of discussions (with India) on this and hoped it will help.”

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My meeting with President Xi Jinping was fruitful. We discussed various aspects of India-China ties.

China has held back on supporting India’s NSG bid, saying it would wait for a larger consensus on admitting any country to the group that hasn’t signed the non-proliferation treaty.

Xi also assured Modi that Beijing was working to address the trade imbalance. Bilateral trade between the two countries have soared to $70 billion, but has left India with a deficit of nearly $50 billion.

There was no immediate comment from the Chinese side on the meeting. Indian officials said it was positive as both leaders reiterated that “the commonality between India and China far outweigh the differences.”



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