China's state media blacks out Modi raising Lakhvi issue with Xi
The Chinese official media did not report about Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing disappointment to President Xi Jinping for blocking New Delhi's demand at the UN asking for action against Pakistan over the release of wanted militant Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.Updated: Jul 09, 2015 14:21 IST
The Chinese official media did not report about Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing disappointment to President Xi Jinping for blocking New Delhi's demand at the UN asking for action against Pakistan over the release of wanted militant Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
A Thursday morning report by Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency, on the meeting between Modi and President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of a multilateral summit in Russia, omitted the discussion between the two leaders on Pakistan’s release of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, and did not say anything about how Xi responded to Modi’s complaint.
The two leaders were meeting in the Russian city of Ufa before the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summits. It was the fourth meeting between them.
At a meeting of the UN Sanctions Committee last month, India had sought action against Pakistan for release of Lakhvi in the 26/11 trial in violation of a UN resolution but the Chinese representatives blocked the move on grounds that New Delhi did not provide sufficient information.
Xinhua reported that Xi told Modi that India’s development plans could be aligned with China’s ambitious initiatives to economically connect countries through corridors over land and sea.
At the same time, both countries should attempt to control their differences over the disputed border, Xi said.
During the fourth meeting between the two leaders, Xi told Modi that China’s Belt and Road initiatives – the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road – could be connected to “relevant” plans.
“He (Xi) also proposed to explore ways to effectively connect China's Belt and Road initiative with India's relevant development plans, in a bid to achieve mutually beneficial cooperation and common development,” Xinhua quoted him as saying.
India has so far been cold to the Belt and Road initiatives – projects that have been proposed by Xi --, saying they have to be in “synergy” with New Delhi’s development vision.
On the surface, China has been keen that India be part of the initiatives.
The “relevant” plans Xi mentioned without naming could be the broad ideas under the “Act East” policy India is framing to thicken trade and economic engagement in east Asia.
On the issue of border, Xi said the two countries need to manage differences.
“On border issues, Xi called on the two sides to properly manage and control their differences and jointly safeguard peace and security in the border areas,” the report said.
Xi said the two countries should make concerted efforts to maintain the positive momentum in the development of bilateral ties and open new prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation.
“Xi suggested that China and India, both as staunch supporters and active builders of the BRICS mechanism, work together to forge a closer, more comprehensive and firmer partnership within the emerging-market framework, so as to enable the BRICS countries to play a positive and constructive role and contribute more to world peace and development,” the Xinhua report said.
The report also quoted Modi, sidestepping the Lakhvi issue.
“Stressing that India welcomes more Chinese investment, Modi said his country stands ready to work with the Chinese side to strengthen strategic communication and coordination and properly manage their differences, including those in border issues,” it said.
“The Indian side, he (Modi) said, is willing to beef up cooperation with China under the framework of BRICS and actively participate in the construction and cooperation projects of the NDB and the AIIB, which provide more opportunities for deepening India-China interaction.”
First Published: Jul 09, 2015 11:33 IST