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China, India, Russia to fight terrorism

FM meeting produces join communiqué amid differences

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left), Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (center) and Chinese Foregin Minister Wang Yi pose for a photograph as they take part in a press conference following a trilateral meeting in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: AFP

The foreign ministers of China, Russia and India issued a joint communiqué on combating terrorism following their annual meeting in New Delhi on Monday, leading experts to suggest it's a good step for the three major non-Western powers to find some common ground and preserve the unity of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The 15th ministerial meeting between the three countries was held in New Delhi between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Their joint communiqué urged all countries to take adequate measures to prevent terrorist activities.

"The timing of this meeting is critical because the relationship between China and India has been seriously damaged by the border issue this year. It is essential for these three major non-Western powers to make joint efforts to minimize the damage," Yang Jin, an expert on Russian studies from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Monday.

Yang believes Russia is the only country in the world in a position to mediate the China-India disagreement, because it has strong ties with both China and India.

"That's why this tripartite ministerial meeting is an important platform. Both Beijing and New Delhi hope Moscow can play the role of mediator," Yang said.

The 15th Russia-India-China trilateral meeting comes a month after Indian officials met their counterparts from Australia, Japan and the US to discuss the revival of the "Quad," an alliance focused on the Indo-Pacific region, which many in China believe is aimed at countering China's rise.

This is another reason of why Monday's meeting was important, said Yang. "Russia has been isolated by the West and faces strong hostility from the US and the UK. The main strategic pressure for China is still from the West, so both Beijing and Moscow need to pull New Delhi back a little bit and balance the movements made by the US, and safeguard their cooperation mechanism in the SCO and the BRICS."

India is being courted by the US and Japan on one side and China and Russia on the other, said Yang.

Avoiding disunity

In their communiqué Russia, China and India on Monday condemned all forms of terrorism and reaffirmed their determination to prevent and counter it. The three countries also said those committing, organizing, inciting or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable and brought to justice, PTI reported.

"China, Russia and India are facing different threats from different terrorist groups in their respective regions. In principle, counter-terrorism is the best area for cooperation. Compared to other areas, they have few differences on counter-terrorism," Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Monday.

"Counter-terrorism cooperation between the three countries could be highly complementary. For example, we have different information and intelligence regarding various terrorist groups in different regions, so intelligence sharing will benefit everyone," Yang said.

Hu believes the danger of disunity within the SCO and the BRICS is broader than the negative influences from the West. He says both Russia and India have their own plans to balance China's increasing influence.

Hu said Russia invited India to join the SCO to balance China, and India hopes China will use its unique influence to pressure Pakistan. "China has to be aware of this, we should never be used by India to harm China's best friend Pakistan," said Hu.

"The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is the flagship project for the Belt and Road initiative, and if it succeeds, we will provide an excellent example of using development to resolve security problems," Hu noted.


http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1079806.shtml
 

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Russia urges India to line up behind China's Belt and Road initiative
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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Russia threw its weight behind China’s massive Belt and Road plan to build trade and transport links across Asia and beyond, suggesting to India on Monday that it find a way to work with Beijing on the signature project.

India was the only country that stayed away from a May summit hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping to promote the plan to build railways, ports and power grids in a modern-day recreation of the Silk Road.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said New Delhi should not let political problems deter it from joining the project, involving billions of dollars of investment, and benefiting from it.

Lavrov was speaking in the Indian capital after a three-way meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj at which, he said, India’s reservations over the Chinese project were discussed.

“I know India has problems, we discussed it today, with the concept of One Belt and One Road, but the specific problem in this regard should not make everything else conditional to resolving political issues,” he said.

Russia, all the countries in central Asia, and European nations had signed up to the Chinese project to boost economic cooperation, he said.

“Those are the facts,” he said. “India, I am 100 percent convinced, has enough very smart diplomats and politicians to find a way which would allow you to benefit from this process.”
 

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Russia seeks to balance China in Far East; woos Indian investments
Russian Deputy PM Yury Trutnev who visited Delhi following Modi's re-election has recently announced that 80 per cent workforce in Chinese projects in Far East Russia must be locals and there will be no permanent land transfer to Chinese investors. He is of opinion that if any China is setting up any enterprise in Far East Russia it has to employ 80 per cent Russians and remaining 20 per cent should be Chinese.

Russians are increasingly apprehensive of encroachment from contiguous China into Far East Russia which is resource rich but sparsely populated, claimed persons familiar with the dynamics of Sino-Russian ties. President Vladimir Putin, is keen to expedite development and economic projects in Far East Russia and the region serves as Moscow’s outreach to the Indo-Pacific region.

Russia would like to balance presence of Chinese in its Far East through not only Indian investments but also presence of Indian nationals on the ground as Indians have reputation of benign besides enjoying goodwill among Russians since the days of Soviet Union, ET has learnt.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.co...s-indian-investments/articleshow/70366045.cms
 

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Russian Arctic Academy president accused of working for Chinese intelligence

MOSCOW, June 15. /TASS/. Valery Mitko, 78, President of the St. Petersburg Arctic Social Sciences Academy, was charged with treason, his lawyer Ivan Pavlov told TASS Monday.

"According to the investigation, during his trip to China, Mitko handed over classified materials to the Chinese intelligence. After his return to Russia, a search took place in his apartment; he was charged with [treason]," the lawyer said.

Mitko denies allegations, he added.

"The court has put him under house arrest at his apartment in the Leningrad Region. I have already appealed against this ruling," Pavlov said, without providing further details.
According to a TASS source familiar with the case, the investigation believes that Mitko gave China information on research on hydro acoustics and submarine detection methods.


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