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India made China walk on a tight rope in the Joint Declaration of BRICS Summit
For the first time in America-Pakistan relations of last 70 years, an American President warned Pakistan that if it does not tame its sponsored jehadi groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Haqqani Network and Afghan Taliban then America may be forced to act against them directly. After this, Pakistan was all balloons and blunderbuss against America.

It even said that it did not care two hoots about American aid which in any case is peanuts. Pakistan also cancelled number of scheduled visits of both countries' bureaucrats. Of course, Pakistan was banking on its all weather friend China to stand by it and bail it out.

Lo and behold, within few days of American President Trump's direct threat to Pakistan, on September 4, the joint declaration of BRICS Summit being held in China came out, where the five member countries' heads (China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa), without naming it, warned Pakistan about the ten jehadi organisations including Jaish Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba, highlighting the need for their elimination.

However, Pakistan has rejected the BRICS declaration just like it had earlier rubbished President Trump's warning. But there is no denying the fact that this is double whammy for Pakistan. Pakistan was banking on China to shield it against the wrath of American president Trump but now it finds that China is also part of the BRICS declaration.

Credit must be given to India's foreign policy which first forced China to blink on the Doklam issue by maintaining firm presence on the ground in Doklam while allowing China a face saving withdrawal. China anticipating that India will again raise the issue of cross border terrorism sponsored by Pakistan, as it had done during last year's BRICSSummit held in Goa, had officially told India earlier that it should not raise this issue. However, it is very clear that not only did India raise the issue, but also made other four heads insist that this terror issue must be included in the BRICS declaration and each of these ten jehadi organisations sponsored by Pakistan be named. So China had to beat a tactical retreat and agree to this declaration.

Currently entire Pakistani media is lamenting over China's agreeing to put its name in the BRICS declaration. They feel that even China has let them down. Of course China will continue to veto the name of Azhar Masood, the head of Jaish-e-Mohammad in UN Security Council for avoiding his being named as global terrorist, but it will only be for face-saving sakesasboth BRICS and the US have already declared Jaish-e-Mohammad as a jehadi organisation.

There is already a school of thought developing in China that China's two main allies North Korea and Pakistan are both rogue nations and a liability. This school of thought wants China to dump Pakistan and somehow include India which will benefit China vastly by India's huge market and thriving economy.

Actually, China's backing off from Doklam was prompted by theapproaching BRICS Summit. If PM Modi had declined to attendthe BRICS Summit, China would have been forced to cancel it. This would have been big slap on China's face as also would have jeopardised Xi Xining's re-election as the Chinese President.

It is good that both India and China have vowed that they would not allow a repeat of Doklam to take place in the future. But India must keep its tentacles of intelligence out and well honed and continue developing and reforming its armed forces. Our netas must understand that diplomacy only succeeds when it is backed by strong military might and sound economy.

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