Modi talks terror, eco­nomic slow­down with Chi­nese PM

In Beijing, In­dia and China is­sue rare joint state­ment on new ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Rezaul Hasan Laskar and Su­tirtho Pa­tra­nobis let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

KUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING: Ter­ror­ism and the global eco­nomic slow­down dom­i­nated talks be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and his Chi­nese coun­ter­part Li Ke­qiang on the mar­gins of the ASEAN-In­dia Sum­mit where the PM pushed for the adop­tion of a Com­pre­hen­sive Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tional Ter­ror­ism in the Malaysian cap­i­tal on Satur­day.

The de­vel­op­ment came on a day when In­dia and China is­sued a rare joint state­ment on in­ter­nal se­cu­rity in Beijing, mark­ing out new ar­eas for co­op­er­a­tion in meet­ing counter-ter­ror­ism chal­lenges, ex­chang­ing in­for­ma­tion on terror groups and stream­lin­ing chan­nels of com­mu­ni­ca­tion on se­cu­rity-re­lated is­sues.

The state­ment was is­sued af­ter a round of meet­ings that vis­it­ing home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh had with se­nior Com­mu­nist Party of China of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble for China’s in­ter­nal se­cu­rity.

Modi and Li met in Kuala Lumpur against the back­drop of the terror at­tacks in the French cap­i­tal and the Malian cap­i­tal of Bamako that killed more than 150 peo­ple. The fo­cus of the re­cent G20 Sum­mit in Tur­key and the ASEAN Sum­mit in Kuala Lumpur shifted from the usual eco­nomic is­sues to the threat posed by ter­ror­ist groups such as Is­lamic State.

Modi sug­gested to Li that In­dia and China should come to­gether to fight ter­ror­ism and in­crease strate­gic co­or­di­na­tion, ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry spokesper­son Vikas Swarup told a news brief­ing af­ter the meet­ing.

The PM said in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism had be­come the “big­gest chal­lenge” of the times fol­low­ing terror at­tacks in Ankara, Paris and Bamako.


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