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Amid border stand-off, China appreciates India’s resolve to fight terror

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While the Indian and Chinese armies struggle at the border near Sikkim, heads of the two countries are hobnobbing at the G20 summit in Hamburg. During one such informal meeting, Chinese premier Xi Jinping spoke words of praise for the India’s resolve to fight against terrorism and appreciated the country for success on economic growth. According to an external affairs ministry conversation, Xi and Modi “had a conversation on a range of issues”.

Chinese soldiers begin constructing a road in Doklam, a territory India understands to be within the sovereign boundary of Bhutan on June 16. Since then, both nations have rebutted each other by saying they are violating border agreements. The armed forces of both the countries are engaged in a stand-off since then. China, through its state-controlled media has repeatedly issued statements which carry a particularly hawkish rhetoric. India, on the other hand, has held on to its nerve in the whole episode.

Early on Friday, PM Modi referred to China in a cordial tone, saying that India will fully cooperate with China for the upcoming BRICS summit. He offered his best wishes to the Chinese president Xi Jinping. The PM, however, didn’t step back when it came to China’s “all-weather friend” Pakistan. He stressed upon the importance of BRICS in fighting terrorism and climate change. He also said that strong action should be taken against terror financing and providing safe haven to terrorists.

The PM arrived in Hamburg, Thursday night for the G20 summit straight from Israel where he was on a 3-day state visit.

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