Day after India’s counter-strike on the biggest Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Pakistan, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will be visiting China to take part in the Russia-India-China trilateral meeting.
While she is expected to raise the issue of cross-border terrorism in her talks with her Chinese and Russian counterparts in the meeting in Wuzhen, the talks gain further significance in wake of Tuesday’s airstrikes.
The Mirage 2000 jets bombed the Balakot training camp of Jaish and eliminated “a very large number of terrorists”. The retaliatory action came 12 days after the Pulwama terror attack conducted by the Jaish killed 40 CRPF personnel.
Reacting to the massive development, China on Tuesday called for restraint and urged India to carry out its fight against terrorism through international cooperation.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, “I want to say that India and Pakistan are both important countries in South Asia. A sound relationship and cooperation between the two serves the interests of both the countries and peace and stability in South Asia.”
Over the years, China has vetoed India’s requests in the United Nations to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar a global terrorist.
Even after the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, when the global community stood by India and called for justice for the 40 CRPF personnel, China maintained its stand on Masood Azhar.
It will be interesting to watch how Sushma Swaraj opens her talks with China at this crucial juncture when China had previously cautioned India against any strong retaliatory action in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack.
Several other nations, including the United States, had called for caution in their immediate reaction on the Pulwama terror attack.
Back home, the ruling BJP is in a celebratory mood with the Opposition joining them in hailing the Indian Air Force’s successful airstrike to eliminate the prominent Jaish terror camp.