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BRICS 2017: Joint Declaration against Pakistan terror outfits - Has Narendra Modi finally tamed the Red Dragon?
Patient and mature diplomacy always pays huge dividends. Narendra Modi might have been there for just three years, but has faired well in international politics.

The truce in Doklam after over two months of standoff has in fact raised his stature in the international arena. This is very much evident in the ongoing BRICS summit. Although there are five members in this group of emerging national economies, China has been the dominant force in the group due to its economic supremacy.

However, in the last BRICS Summit that was held in Goa, Narendra Modi openly used the platform to slam Pakistan for providing safe havens to terror groups. Although, Chinese premier Xi Jinping finally prevailed and managed to keep Pakistan's name out of the Goa Declaration at the 8th BRICS Summit.

China has always had apprehensions on India's reference to Pakistan and its terror outfits. It has also indirectly told India not to raise Pakistan's name or the fact that the Islamic nation harbours terrorism. But then, India finally prevailed at the ongoing BRICS Summit 2017 and the Joint Declaration issued by member nations although did not name Pakistan directly, but did name all terrorist outfits operating through active support of Pakistan.

"We deplore all terrorist attacks worldwide, including attacks in BRICS countries, and condemn terrorismin all its forms and manifestations wherever committed and by whomsoever and stress that there can be no justification. We express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al-Qaida and its affiliates including the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir," the declaration said.

The point to be noted here is that along with IS and Taliban, all terrorist outfits operating from Pakistan have been named and slammed in the Joint Declaration of the 9th BRICS Summit.

Most interestingly, just refer the part: 'including attacks in BRICS countries'. India is the only country among BRICS nations (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) which is being attacked by Pakistan-based terrorist outfits. Thus, it's another diplomatic win for India that China couldn't save Pakistan from being named and shamed in the declaration against terrorism. Many strategic and diplomatic experts based in India have also expressed their satisfaction over the declaration. It also comes as a major setback for China, which continues to block Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) head Masood Azhar's UN sanctions. Let's hope that China will no longer block India's move of imposing the UN sanctions on Azhar after this declaration.

Post the standoff at Doklam, in fact, China is in a precarious situation. First its attempt to bully India backfired as it couldn't gather any international support for itself. It had to ultimately resolve the issue to avoid failure of the 9th BRICS Summit due to non-participation by India. In the meanwhile, North Korea's testing the hydrogen bomb has further put China in an awkward position.

Through North Korea, China wanted USA to remain away from South China Sea to maintain its dominance. But Kim Jong-un is a different type of dictator who went ahead with his ambitious plans to threaten America, however, at the cost of increasing China's woes.

No matter whatever comparison you make, but United States has the capacity and expertise to annihilate a small nation like North Korea, if it perceives it as a potential threat. No country of the world has neither the audacity nor the capacity to stop America if it's really in war mood.

It's not that America doesn't know that China has had a major role in propping North Korea, and so, USA has been systematically increasing its military and marine deployments in and around the South China Sea. Now that North Korea has crossed the limit, America could at any moment launch attacks against North Korea, and if required, even against China, if its suspects any foul play. So it's time for China to have some friends by its side. That's why perhaps, it has preferred to dump Pakistan at least in this BRICS Summit.

Coming back to my opening line that patient and mature diplomacy pays huge dividends. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi perhaps knows how to tame the Red Dragon, as for the first time, India has emerged more powerful than China.

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