Beijing reaffirms earlier stance: China blocks India at UNSC

Beijing reaffirms earlier stance: China blocks India at UNSC

Beijing reaffirms earlier stance: China blocks India at UNSC

The MEA posted a statement in response to a query on Beijing's role: "We are deeply disappointed that once again, a single country has blocked worldwide consensus on the designation of an acknowledged terrorist and leader of UN-designated terrorist organisation, Masood Azhar". In January 2017, China once again placed a technical hold on the proposal which was moved by the UK, USA and France. Also, India's growing proximity to the United States, sheltering Dalai Lama, and Pakistan's role in China's One Belt One Road strategy are said to be the reasons for China's protecting Pakistan's interests.

India has expressed disappointment over China's decision but said it will "pursue all available avenues" to bring to justice terrorist leaders involved in the attack. In 2017, Beijing also blocked a move by the USA, the United Kingdom and France to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN. This is the fourth instance that a proposal has been moved against Azhar in the United Nations since the Pathankot Attack in 2016. "This is an issue that is left over from between India and Pakistan". She had said at the trilateral meeting with Russian and Chinese foreign ministers that Pakistan's inaction on JeM had triggered the airstrikes.

India had pushed the latest bid to blacklist Azhar after JeM attacked a CRPF convoy in Pulwama last month. If he is so generous then he should hand over JeM chief Masood Azhar to India.

He added: "This is in line with the rules of the committee and China sincerely hopes that relevant action taken by this committee will help relevant countries to engage in dialogue and consultation and prevent adding more complicated factors into regional peace and stability".

China put a technical hold on a proposal in the UN Security Council to ban Masood Azhar just before the close of the deadline.

While in Afghanistan, Masood Azhar is thought to have met 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden. India had also got support from all the European countries in the Security Council and four other prominent nations outside the UNSC.

Chinese veto in the United Nations is only a manifestation of the growing relationship between the two.

Recently, China's Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou travelled to Pakistan and held talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other officials. China has even played a crucial role in developing Pakistan's nuclear programme. "China is ready to communicate and coordinate with all sides including India to properly handle this issue", he observed. "Be assured that India will win the fight against terror". The signals from Beijing were that they are "consistent" on their position and they wanted a solution "acceptable to all".

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