MODI’S XI CHALLENGE
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