India on Thursday conveyed its concerns on trans-border terrorism to China, saying that there were no “good or bad” terrorists but only those committed to violence.
In a series of meetings with top Chinese leaders in Beijing that culminated in a 90-minute conversation with counterpart Xi Jinping, President Pranab Mukherjee said that sentiments against terrorism were “strong” in India and that China should be “sensitive” to its neighbour’s concerns.
Terrorists, Mukherjee told Xi, have no ideology and are committed only to “wanton destruction”.
“We need to have closer cooperation (on countering) terrorism in the UN. The Chinese side also took the view that they were congnisant of the problem and that there should be cooperation (on the issue) both bilaterally and in international forum,” S Jaishankar, foreign secretary, told Indian media, quoting Mukherjee.
On the issue of China blocking India’s ambition to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) , Jaishankar said Mukherjee requested Xi to take “personal attention” on India trying to balance its nuclear energy needs and climate change. India’s NSG application again comes up in early June. India has also sought President Xi’s “personal intervention” in its quest for a NSG membership.
Jaishankar said India is aware of its “responsibilities” as a nuclear power, adding that India wasn’t looking for “help” from any country to boost its “strategic nuclear” needs.
The foreign secretary described the talks as “comprehensive, comfortable and candid”.
Both sides agreed to build foundation for “mutual trust” and acknowledged that as neighbours India and China will have differences but it was important to manage differences and focus on convergences.
On the long and disputed Sino-Indian border, Mukherjee and Xi agreed to maintain “peace and tranquility and focus on border management”.
In a separate briefing, a senior Chinese diplomat said there were “disagreements” between the two countries and that there was a need to be realistic. “On the disagreements between our two countries, the two leaders agreed to work to resolve them with every effort but at the same time be realistic. It means that we will manage the issues that cannot be agreed on a very short time so that these disagreements will not stand in the way of our development and cooperation,” Xiao Qian, director general for Asian affairs in the foreign affairs ministry, said.