Modi, Xi shake hands, discuss range of issues amid stand-off

PM targets Pak at G-20; equates LeT, JeM to ISIS, Al-Qaeda
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7 Jul 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping today shook hands and had a conversation on a "range of issues" during the BRICS leaders' informal meeting here amid a stand-off between the Armies of the two countries in the Sikkim section.

The conversation took place on the sidelines of the G20 Summit that began here today. In a tweet, external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said Modi and Xi discussed a range of issues. "At d BRICS leaders' informal gathering @ Hamburg hosted by China, PM @narendramodi and President Xi had a conversation on a range of issues," the spokesperson tweeted.
The ministry also tweeted a photograph of Modi and Xi shaking hands. The meeting assumes significance as it comes a day after a top Chinese official said the "atmosphere" is "not right" for a bilateral meeting between Modi and Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.

China and India have been engaged in a stand-off in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. Naming Pakistan-based terror groups LeT and JeM, the Prime Minister today said some countries were using terror as a tool to achieve political objectives and pressed for "deterrent" action collectively by the G-20 members against such nations. Addressing the G-20 Summit here, he equated Lashkar-e- Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohamamd to ISIS and Al-Qaeda, saying their names may be different but their ideology is the same.

With leaders like US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping listening, Modi regretted that the international response to terrorism was weak and said more cooperation was needed to fight the menace. Modi presented an 11-point 'Action Agenda' which included suggestions for exchange of lists of terrorists among G-20 nations, easing and expediting of legal processes like extradition and concrete steps to choke funds and weapon supply to the terrorists.