In what came as the greatest diplomatic win for India, the five nations in the BRICS summit 2017 supported and backed India in its strong condemnation of Pakistan-backed terror in Asia. However, China’s support to India’s plea was most significant for the country.
Not only this, Chinese president Xi Jinping supported Modi’s words that action should be taken against Pakistan if it supported or backed any terror groups, including Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and The Haqqani Network among others.
However, he later ignored rising questions that if he was still against UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar.
The 43-page declaration by the BRICS nations said that they strongly denounced terror activities of such groups and the violence in the region. The countries also agreed that terror in any form is unjustified and that those found guilty must be held responsible.
This exemplary statement by China strongly contrasted to the previous BRICS summit in Goa, where China refused the inclusion of Pakistan-backed terrorism in the summit, although it had not been much time since the last terror strike carried out by a militant group in Pakistan.
However, it has to be seen now whether Pakistan still backs its opinion against UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar or not. A highly positioned minister was reported as saying that such sensitive issues as terrorism could be dealt with by keeping double standards, referring to the Chinese, however, they did not mention this.
Modi’s strong opinion against terrorism, and how he also brought long time enemy China to his support has left the country all praises for him.