First India-China High Level Meeting on Bilateral Security Cooperation
Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh co-chaired the first India-China High Level Meeting on Bilateral Security Cooperation with Mr. Zhao Kezhi, State Councilor and Minister of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China today (22 October, 2018) in New Delhi.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of mutual interest, including bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation, and welcomed increased cooperation between India and China in the area of security cooperation.
An Agreement on Security Cooperation between the Ministry of Home Affairs of India and the Ministry of Public Security of China was also signed by the two Ministers. The Agreement will further strengthen and consolidate discussions and cooperation in the areas of counter-terrorism, organized crimes, drug control and other such relevant areas.
Mr. Zhao Kezhi is on a bilateral visit to India from 21 to 25 October, 2018, during which he will also travel to Mumbai.
China Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Conference Response
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on October 23, 2018
Q: State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi is currently on a visit in New Delhi. He held talks with India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday. The two sides signed the cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of India. How does China view the significance of this agreement? Can you provide more details about it?
A: On October 22, China and India held the high-level meeting on law enforcement and security for the first time. State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi and India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh signed the cooperation agreement between the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Republic of India, which is of great importance to promoting the growth of bilateral ties and elevating our cooperation in law enforcement and security.
Now China-India relations enjoy a sound momentum of growth. In April this year, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi held a successful informal meeting in Wuhan. Enhancing bilateral cooperation in such areas as law enforcement and security will certainly create a secure and stable environment for the common development and prosperity of our two countries. According to the readout that has been released, going forward, our two sides will focus on strengthening practical cooperation on counter-terrorism, combating separatist forces and cracking down on transnational crimes and jointly prevent and fight separatist forces and transnational crimes such as counterfeiting offenses, telecommunications fraud and drug crimes. Meanwhile, we will expand the communication channels and cooperation areas between our law enforcement departments and effectively protect the security of the projects, institutions and personnel on each other’s territory.
Q: Reports say that during the meeting, the Indian side sought China’s support for Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)’s leader, Masood Azhar, to be designated as a terrorist at the UN. Reports also say that India has asked China not to give shelter to the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA)’s leader Paresh Baruah. Do you have any comment on this?
A: Like I said just now, the readout on State Councilor and Minister of Public Security Zhao Kezhi’s meeting with Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has already been released by the Chinese side. You can get a main picture of the meeting in the readout. As to whether the two specific issues you raised were talked about at the meeting, I am not aware of the relevant information for the moment.
As for India asking for China’s support at the UN to list Masood as a terrorist, we have reiterated our position many times. China always takes an active part in the international counter-terrorism cooperation, and meanwhile we will base our decisions on the merits of each case. We would like to strengthen counter-terrorism and security cooperation with India and jointly safeguard regional peace and security.
You also mentioned that India asked China not to offer cover to the leader of the United Liberation Front of Assam on its territory. I want to stress that the Chinese government always adheres to the principle of non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs. This position has not changed and will not change.