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China defends Pakistan against Modi's terrorism barb

IANS  |  Beijing 

A day after Prime Minister Modi dubbed the "mothership of terrorism, on Monday said its "all-weather" friend had made great sacrifices to combat

Defending against Modi's barb, Beijing said it was opposed to linking with any specific religion or community.

"We oppose linking with any specific ethnicity or religion. This is our long-standing position. and are all-weather friends," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told the media.

"Everyone knows that India and are victims of has made huge efforts and great sacrifices in fighting I think the international community should respect this," she added.

Asked about India's accusation that supplies arms to terrorist outfits, Hua said: "I understand your concern."

She said maintained a consistent position on and believed that India and should resolve their disputes amicably.

On Sunday, at the gathering of BRICS Summit, Modi called the "mothership of terrorism".

"In our own region, poses a grave threat to peace, security and development. Tragically, the mothership of is a country in India's neighbourhood," Modi had said.

has defended in the past as well.

Beijing's opposition to India's effort to declare Pakistan-based militant Masood Azhar as a terrorist has caused concerns in New Delhi.



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First Published: Mon, October 17 2016. 16:40 IST