MODI’S XI CHAL­LENGE

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and In­dia mount­ing a ro­bust mul­ti­pronged re­sponse by car­ry­ing out sur­gi­cal strikes across the Line of Con­trol and iso­lat­ing Pak­istan diplo­mat­i­cally, the ex­tent of China’s em­brace of In­dia’s trou­ble­some neigh­bour may determine whether In­dia’s ef­forts suc­ceed or fail.

In­deed, the Pak­istan fac­tor is loom­ing large as Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi meets Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in Goa on Oc­to­ber 15, 2016 at the BRICS Sum­mit, where both sides are con­fronting a starkly dif­fer­ent meet­ing from Xi’s last visit to In­dia in Septem­ber 2014, when the PM hosted him warmly in Gu­jarat. The prime min­is­ter is likely to force­fully con­vey to Xi In­dia’s dis­plea­sure with China’s moves to pre­vent the sanc­tion­ing of Pak­istani ter­ror­ist Ma­sood Azhar at the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC) 1267 Sanc­tions Com­mit­tee. On Septem­ber 30, Bei­jing ex­tended a tech­ni­cal hold it had placed in March to block the bid, de­spite the fact that the

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