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