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India raises Lakhvi issue with China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at a hotel in UFA, Russia on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at a hotel in UFA, Russia on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: PTI

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly took up the issue of China blocking the resolution. He conveyed India's concerns", Foreign Secretary, S.  Jaishankar said.

China’s President Xi Jinping has offered to fuse Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative with India’s own connectivity plans following talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who raised New Delhi’s concerns regarding released Pakistani terror suspect Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

Briefing the media in Ufa — the venue of the seventh summit of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping, Foreign Secretary, S.  Jaishankar confirmed that the Prime Minister brought up during the meeting, China’s move at the UN to block action against Pakistan, following the release from jail of Mr.Lakhvi—the suspected mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack.





"Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly took up the issue of China blocking the resolution. He conveyed India's concerns," observed Mr. Jaishankar. The Foreign Secretary added that "the Prime Minister made our concerns known very clearly". "I can assume that the Chinese side was impressed with the clarity and directness in which it was conveyed. It was felt that we should keep talking on that," he observed.

China had blocked action against Pakistan at a meeting of the UN Sanctions Committee last month, citing lack of sufficient information. India, on its part said that the Chinese move was at "variance" with on-going progress in Sino-Indian ties.

Following the talks, Mr. Jaishankar said, "There is a sense of new energy and enthusiasm in ties." The wide canvass covered during the 90-miunute talks included the boundary issue, confidence building measures, issues of maintaining peace and tranquility along the border and more meeting points at the border. Diplomatic sources say that the clarification of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the passage of the Pakistan-China economic corridor through disputed territory in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) has emerged as the two impediments hampering the full development of China-India ties.

Mr.  Jaishankar said India's bid for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council and the Nuclear Suppliers Group membership also came up for discussion.

On his part, President Xi proposed Sino-Indian collaboration within a new strategic framework, which has the emerging markets and developing countries at their focal points.

He stressed that China and India should make joint efforts to push a new institutional framework of global relevance, which includes the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), along with firming up their partnership within the emerging market framework.

In line with India's Look East Policy

Regarding the harmonisation of China’s connectivity initiative with the Indian one, Chinese diplomats have already advocated the fusion of China’s Belt and Road project with New Delhi’s “Act East” policy.

Last month, China’s ambassador to India, Le Yusheng, during an interaction with Indian journalists, praised New delhi’s recent enthusiasm for establishing cross-border connectivity, under the framework of the “Act East” policy.

During a visit in June for the South Asia expo in Kunming, Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh also said that India backed the proposed Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor — a project that China views within the ambit of the Belt and Road initiative — as part of  New Delhi’s “Act East” policy.

 In Ufa, President XI singled out the BCIM project — also called the Kolkata to Kunming economic corridor-- as a priority undertaking between the two countries.

Following talks with President Xi, Prime Minister Modi reached out directly to Chinese audiences with his postings on Sina Wiebo, a typically Chinese social media platform. “Our meeting was very comprehensive and several issues were discussed, both about India-China ties and global affairs. Both of us are strongly committed to taking India-China ties to new heights and increasing our economic, cultural and people-to-people relations,” he said in one of his postings.

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