China has sent out a clear message that it would object to any discussion about Pakistan’s alleged role in sheltering terrorists during the upcoming BRICS summit which will also be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
China is worried that Modi may raise the issue at the meeting because he did so at the Goa summit of BRICS last year, accusing Pakistan of being the ‘mother-ship of terrorism’.
“We also noticed that India, when it comes to Pakistan’s counter-terrorism, has some concerns. I don’t think this is an appropriate topic to be discussed at BRICS summit,” Hua Chunying, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, said at a briefing.
She also indicated that raising the issue might affect the success of the summit.
“The world is paying great attention to the BRICS summit. I hope relevant parties can work with China to ensure the success of the summit and make due contributions,” Hua said.
The BRICS summit this time is taking place in Xiamen, China on September 3.
“Pakistan is at the forefront of counterterror efforts and has made sacrifices for this. The international community should recognise the contributions and sacrifices made by Pakistan,” said Hua.
“China is willing to work with Pakistan and other countries to enhance our cooperation in counterterrorism. This serves the common interest of all parties,” she added.