BRICS Summit: Russia Backs India On Terror, China Noncommittal On Masood Azhar


PM Modi with BRICS leader Michel Temer, Jacob Zuma,Vladimir Putin and President Xi Jinping in Goa.

Goa:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks on Saturday in Goa - where India is hosting a BRICS Summit - and agreed that terror was a scourge for the region but China steered clear of any commitment on action against Pakistan or terrorist Masood Azhar.
Here are the top 10 developments in this story:
  1. China's ambivalence contrasted with the clear stand taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, during talks with PM Modi earlier on Saturday, condemned the Uri attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani terrorists.
  2. In talks that he tweeted were "fruitful", PM Modi told President Xi that no country is immune to terror and it is an issue on which "we cannot afford to have differences".
  3. "Commonalities between India and China far outweigh the differences," the Chinese President reportedly said. While he agreed on jointly fighting terror, China's refusal to point fingers at all-weather friend Pakistan remains unchanged.
  4. President Xi, Russian President Putin and other leaders are attending the meeting of BRICS or Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, set up in 2011 to make emerging economies a global force.
  5. India is pushing for BRICS members to agree on a strongly-worded summit declaration on terrorism highlighting "isolating countries that provide shelter to terror groups and help in arming these groups." The challenge will be China, which, sources said, is open to a strong statement on terrorism, but would not like to cast Beijing's alliance with Pakistan into doubt.
  6. PM Modi raised China blocking India's calls for the United Nations to designate Masood Azhar, the Pakistan-based leader of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed group, as a terrorist. "We are maintaining dialogue with China (on Azhar), we expect China will see logic in it," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters.
  7. China was also noncommittal on India's membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a club of nuclear-trading nations. "The PM said we look forward to working with China to realise India's membership. President Xi said a second round of talks (on NSG) will be held very soon and this would be helpful," said Mr Swarup.
  8. Earlier on Saturday, a joint statement after PM Modi's meeting with Russian President Putin "noted the commonality of positions of both the countries on such issues as war on terrorism. Indian side expressed its appreciation for Russia's unequivocal condemnation of the terrorist attack on army base in Uri."
  9. PM Modi said, "An old friend is better than two new friends." He said President Putin and he agreed that there must be zero tolerance for terrorism.
  10. India and Russia signed 16 agreements including Rs 39,000 crore defence deal to procure Moscow's most advanced anti-aircraft defence system, the S-400 Triumph, and a deal to make Kamov helicopters in India.

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