Narendra Modi corners Pakistan on terror, tells China to respect mutual concerns

Both leaders agreed that India's entry into the SCO as a full member would promote closer cooperation within the SCO, including on one of the main priorities of the organisation, namely fighting terrorism.

A day before, Prime Minister Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and discussed bilateral relations where the latter pointed out that the worldwide environment was undergoing profound and complex changes. "We will have to make coordinated efforts to counter the menace of terrorism", he said while adding that it was impossible to reach a solution till everybody made concerted efforts to control on radicalisation, terrorist recruitment, training and financing issues. "We are highly concerned", Hua Chunying, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said.

"China highly values its relations with India and wishes to work together to enhance political mutual trust, complement development strategies, deepen practical cooperation, maintain coordination and cooperation on major global and regional issues and push for the sustained, steady and sound development of China-India strategic and cooperative partnership", he added.

In a rare snub to all-weather ally Pakistan, Chinese President Xi Jinping skipped a customary meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the SCO summit in Astana after the murder of two Chinese teachers in Balochistan.

The prime minister, during his stay in Astana, participated in 17th meeting of the Heads of State Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

PM Modi also expressed his gratitude towards the other member countries that supported India's membership to SCO.

The remarks by the Prime Minister are assumed significant as recently India boycotted Belt and Road Forum held in Beijing where more than 29 world leaders were participants.

During the meeting, Modi said India and China should tap their potential in cooperation, strengthen communication and coordination in worldwide affairs, respect each other's core concerns and appropriately handle their disputes.

From a primarily Eurasian construct, SCO now expands its footprint in the Indian subcontinent with the induction of India and Pakistan as full members. China usually defends Pakistan on the subject of terrorism even when India raises issues about its role in abetting terrorist attacks in India. Meanwhile, pushing for OBOR, China President Xi Jinping said that SCO may well serve as an "important platform" for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as he received the support from the Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif who batted for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and OBOR, claiming that these mega projects will benefit the entire SCO community.

  • Leroy Wright