China defends Pakistan after Modi's "terror export factory" remarks

Elias Hubbard
April 21, 2018

President Xi Jinping said during that Pakistan-China relations should be a pillar for regional peace, the ties between the two countries should become a model for good neighbourly relationship and global cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China is quite willing to make joint efforts to push bilateral ties to a still higher level and to build a more closely-knitted community with a shared future between the two countries and called for efforts from both sides to advance the construction of the CPEC.

Responding to the Modi's reported statement, a Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Hua Chunying said terrorism is a common enemy, and needed to be tackled collectively.

Earlier this week, Modi said in London, "When someone has put a terror export factory in place, attacks my people, has no power to fight a war so attempts to attack behind the such a case Modi knows how give a reply in the same language". Ms Sitharaman, who will be in Beijing for a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting on April 24, is expected to take this conversation further with her Chinese counterpart. "We hope the worldwide community can support efforts made by Pakistan on counter-terrorism and forge effective cooperation with Pakistan in this regard". Separately, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will attend the SCO Defence Ministers meeting on the same day. These are the first meetings of the SCO after India and Pakistan were admitted into the eight-member group in which China and Russian Federation play an influential role.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend it. SCO consists of China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Hua said issues related to terrorism will be discussed at the meeting of SCO Foreign Ministers. "Security has been a priority of the SCO since its inception", she said. China has been anxious that India and Pakistan may get into sharp exchanges on the terrorism issue at the SCO meetings.

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