Prime Minister Narendra Modi during BRICS summit called Pakistan a "mothership of terrorism". A day after PM’s speech, China on Monday strongly defended Pakistan.
China said it is against linking any country or religion with terror and also asked the world community to acknowledge Pakistan's great sacrifices, in fighting terrorism.
In a reaction to Modi's terrorism characterization of Pakistan, spokesperson of the Chinese foreign ministry Hua Chunying said China is opposed to linking any country to terrorism.
Answering a question on Modi's criticism of Islamabad in aiding and abetting terror groups opposed to India, she said on counter-terrorism, China's position is consistent.
"It is the same way as we always do. We oppose linking terrorism with any specific country or religion. This is our long-standing position. China and Pakistan are all-weather friends," she said.
"We oppose terrorism in all forms and we believe that international concerted efforts are needed to ensure stability and security of all countries," she said.
Noting that India and Pakistan are all victims of terrorism, she said Islamabad has made great sacrifice to combat terrorism and this too needs to be recognized by the international community.