China has called on the international community to “cooperate with and support Pakistan” on fighting terrorism, ahead of a key meeting on Monday of the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Beijing.
Beijing’s comments came ahead of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to China for the SCO. Sushma will reach Beijing tomorrow. Pakistan’s foreign minister will also attend the meeting.
“When someone has put a terror export factory in place, attacks my people, has no power to fight a war so attempts to attack behind the back… in such a case Modi knows how give a reply in the same language,” he said at a town hall meeting.
Responding to a question on Prime Minister Modi’s comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “Terrorism is an enemy faced by the whole international community. We hope the international community can support efforts made by Pakistan on counter-terrorism and forge effective cooperation with Pakistan in this regard”.
Hua, however, added that the SCO would discuss terrorism-related issues, although China is likely to be wary of any Pakistan-specific discussions.
Asked if the SCO would press its members to crack down on terror groups, Hua said, “Security has been a priority of the SCO since its inception and participants will exchange views on relevant issues,” Hua said, adding that China hoped all participants would “uphold the Shanghai spirit to move forward the development of the SCO”.