Big win for India, BRICS declaration names lashkar, jash as terror concerns

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Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan on Tuesday rejected the Xiamen Declaration naming terrorist groups in the region by leaders of member countries at the BRICS Summit in China on Monday. The Indian leader thanked the Chinese government and the people for their "warm hospitality" during the three-day BRICS Summit and then left for Myanmar. The Shi'amen Declaration condemns all terrorist attacks across the world, including BRICS countries.

The declaration which is adopted by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa names terror outfits like Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb-ut-Tahrir.

There was no immediate comment from Pakistan on the BRICS resolution.

"China is willing to work with India.to increase political trust, advance mutually beneficial cooperation and promote the further development of China-India relations along the correct path", Xi said.

Jaish chief Masood Azhar is believed to be responsible for fatal cross border attacks on the Indian Army installations.

The leaders of the five emerging market BRICS powers have for the first time named militant groups as a regional security concern. "Should China actually walk the talk, it will signal a change of China's stance towards Pakistan and terrorism". Overshadowing the summit though - North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test, which came just hours before Xi opened the meeting China's Foreign Ministry has condemned the test, but Xi did not mention it during his 45-minute address.

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"We have developed cooperation road maps such as trade facilitation, trade in services, currency swap, local currency settlement and public and private partnership", he said.

"Doklam issue was discussed and both the countries agreed it should not recur; differences must be handled with mutual respect", he added.

The Chinese President said, "For the past couple of days we have had in-depth exchanges and broad consensus on the BRICS cooperation and on regional and global issues". Troops from both the countries had been stationed at the sector in Sikkim during the standoff, which had begun in June.

Features the meeting will occur days after Doklam standoff.

The five BRICS countries also pledged their opposition to protectionism, a theme pushed by Chinese President Xi Jinping given rising antiglobalization sentiment in the West that threatens China's access to export markets.

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