Modi takes jibe at Pak, China over terrorism, sea dis­pute

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Agen­cies let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi used two global sum­mits on Thurs­day to ex­co­ri­ate In­dia’s neigh­bour­hood ri­vals, first tar­get­ing Beijing’s mus­cle­flex­ing in the South China Sea and then seek­ing “strong­est ac­tion” against state-spon­sors of terrorism to hit out at Islamabad.

Modi named nei­ther coun­try in his speeches, but his twin at­tacks be­fore top Asian lead­ers as well as US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama were seen as a strate­gic move to send out a strong mes­sage against New Delhi’s nu­clear-armed foes.

In re­cent weeks, In­dia has ratch­eted up crit­i­cism of Pak­istan, ac­cus­ing it of in­cit­ing protests in Kash­mir, while ties with China have been fraught over Beijing’s block­ing of New Delhi’s en­try into the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group. PM Naren­dra Modi (left) and US Prez Barack Obama (right) share a light mo­ment in Laos on Thurs­day.

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