Xi Jinping snubs Pak's Sharif after two Chinese nationals killed in Balochistan

Pakistani President Nawaz Sharif and Indian counterpart Narendra Modi reportedly shook hands and exchanged greetings late yesterday at the opening of the SCO meeting, although New Delhi said that no formal bilateral meeting between the two was planned.

Describing terrorists as the chief violators of human rights and values, Modi said "We have full faith that the SCO would give a new push to our efforts in fight against terrorism".

He also favoured early completion of the China-India-Bangladesh-Myanmar connectivity project in order to boost trade between the four countries. President of Russia Vladimir Putin said: "I am glad that we met for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the SCO Summit".

India, along with Pakistan, will be formally inducted as full members at the summit tomorrow which will also see the presence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif. Pakistan has been an Observer with SCO since 2005 and applied for full membership of the organization in 2010. Both leaders also discussed the importance of enhancing connectivity.

Beijing-backed Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) formalized on Friday the admission of India and Pakistan during the political and security grouping's summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.

According to reports, the "unprecedented" snub to Pakistan, with which China has generally been on great terms, was a result of the death of two Chinese teachers in Balochistan recently.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that at a time of global uncertainty, India-China relations were a factor of stability.

Sharif met the presidents of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Russian Federation, but a meeting with Xi Jinping was notably missing.

India recently stayed away from the summit on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the landmark $ 50 billion project of President Xi Jinping of China, as the China Pakistan Economic Corridor of the BRI passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The two countries should strengthen their mutual support on the issues relating to each other's core interests, said Xi, urging more achievements in the alignment of the Belt and Road construction with the Eurasian Economic Union.

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