China sprang to long-time ally Pakistan’s defense on Monday after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi branded Pakistan a “mother-ship of terrorism” at a summit of BRICS nations.
Modi’s remarks to a meeting of leaders from BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – escalated his diplomatic drive to isolate Pakistan, which India accuses of sponsoring cross-border terrorism.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, asked about Modi’s comments, said China opposed all forms of terrorism and that the international community should increase counter-terrorism cooperation.
“We oppose all forms of terrorism and support to strengthen international cooperation so as to jointly confront threats from terrorism and to safeguard security and development of mankind and all countries. We also oppose the linking of terrorism to any specific country, ethnicity or religion. This is China’s consistent position,” she told a daily news briefing in Beijing.
“We also know, and everyone knows that India and Pakistan are victims of terrorism. Pakistan has made huge efforts and great sacrifices in fighting terrorism. I think the international community should respect this,” Hua added.
China and Pakistan consider each other “all-weather friends” and have close diplomatic, economic and security ties.