China asks BRICS to adopt holistic approach against terror

RSTV Bureau
Xiamen  : Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center in Xiamen in southeastern China's Fujian Province, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. AP/PTI Photo

Xiamen : Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center in Xiamen in southeastern China’s Fujian Province, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. AP/PTI Photo

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on BRICS countries to adopt a holistic approach to fight terrorism in all its forms and address both its “symptoms and root causes” so that terrorists will have no place to hide.

Delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum here, Xi asked Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to take a constructive part in the process of resolving geopolitical hotspot issues and make due contributions.

“I am convinced that as long as we take a holistic approach to fighting terrorism in all its forms, and address both its symptoms and root causes, terrorists will have no place to hide,” he said.

His remarks come days after US President Donald Trump hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to “agents of chaos”. The US President also warned Islamabad that it has “much to lose” by harbouring terrorists.

India is expected to raise its concerns over terrorism strongly at the BRICS Summit, hosted by China, which had said New Delhi’s concerns over Pakistan’s counter-terror record is not an “appropriate topic” to be discussed at the forum.

(With inputs from agencies)