China backs fight against terror

Thu 23 Feb 2017

Vice-chairman of the CPPCC Foreign Affairs Committee Lu Xinhua with former FICCI president and current chairman of XPRO India Sidharth Birla in New Delhi on Wednesday.AFP  

China on Wednesday expressed support for counter-terror efforts at the United Nations, but stopped short of criticising Pakistan-based terror outfits.

Lu Xinhua, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), however, gave an assurance that China’s opposition to terrorism was “firm”, and promised more cooperation between India and China across a range of issues such as security and trade.

“China itself is a victim of terrorism which has caused great havoc and damage to our national development and the lives of the people and their properties. China stands firmly and closely with the international community in its fight against terrorism,” said Mr. Lu, responding to The Hindu ’s question on China’s silence on terrorism that emanates from Pakistan and targets India. He, however, refused to deal with the role of Pakistan-based terror outfits in cross-border terrorism, and maintained that the role of “third countries” in terrorism should be addressed at a diplomatic level.

“We are aware that the bloodshed and brutality of terrorism [are] against humanity and that is why our position on terrorism remains unremitting and firm,” he said explaining that bilateral ties of India and China depend on inter-governmental trust.

India had earlier failed in its campaign to blacklist Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed at the United Nations because of a “technical hold” on the proposal by China. However, last week, both conducted a multilateral dialogue over combating terrorism in Afghanistan, along with Pakistan, Russia and China in Moscow.

Mr. Lu, a former Vice Foreign Minister (2003-06), is leading the delegation of South-South Cooperation from China to broaden trade ties. He will hold talks with Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh on Thursday.

Smoother trade

“Our ties with developing countries, including India do not constitute vicious competition and we want smoother trade among developing countries,” he said, highlighting China’s willingness to take forward South-South cooperation as defined at the UN.

Mr. Lu said the year ahead will show the path to broader cooperation between India and China in trade and inter-government ties and indicated that both countries are already cooperating in Africa.

He said the 2017 BRICS summit to be held in Xiamen would provide an alternative vision to the post-Brexit world.


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