Published: Sat, November 04, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

China calls India 'important neighbour', but fails to budge on Azhar

China calls India 'important neighbour', but fails to budge on Azhar

India worries that China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, would stand by Pakistan, its nuclear armed arch-rival.

The statement by the assistant foreign minister of China came even as New Delhi vociferously protested against Beijing exercising its veto - for the fourth time - to block the bid by India, US, UK and other key United Nations members to have Azhar, mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack, designated as a global terrorist.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India's concern over the issue has been raised with the Chinese side at various levels, including at the highest.

"On one hand China talks about curbing terrorism on other hand they block the proposal to declare Masood Azhar a global terrorist", he told ANI.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, in a strongly-worded statement, said, "We are deeply disappointed that once again, a single country has blocked global consensus on the designation of an acknowledged terrorist and leader of UN-designated terrorist organisation, Masood Azhar". He also highlighted China's efforts at making consistent efforts to promote bilateral relations and develop mutual political trust with its neighbours over the past few years. "We can only hope that there will be a realisation that accommodating with terrorism for narrow objectives is both short-sighted and counter-productive". The elusive consensus, under the UN Security Council resolution 1267 committee, was blocked for the fourth time by China since a year ago.

All other 14 of the 15 members of the UN Security Council were supporting the move by the USA and France. Officials in Beijing told India Today they had "rejected" the application "because of a lack of consensus". "China put the technical hold to allow more time to deliberate on this matter", Hua had said. "China always maintains that on the listing matter, the 1267 Committee [Security Council Committee] shall uphold the principle of objectivity, impartiality, and professionalism, and make its decisions by consensus among its members on the basis of solid evidence", Hua said.

"The (the 1267 committee which imposes sanctions on terror organisations) has its rules of procedure and it has yet to reach a consensus, there are still disagreements", she said. "India strongly believes that double standards and selective approaches will only undermine the global community's resolve to combat terrorist".

Hua added, "China's actions are meant to ensure that we safeguard the authority and effectiveness of this committee and we will continue to follow the mandate of the committee and rules of procedure and remain in constant communication and coordination will all members of the committee".

A year ago in March, China was the only member in the 15-nation UN Security Council to put a hold on India's application.

More importantly, however, is the fact that Pakistan has been China's ally, and has had Beijing's back at summits like the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Non-Aligned Movement, where China has no representation.

"We are ready to work with India to promote constant progress of bilateral relations guided by this diplomacy with Chinese characteristics for the new era", Chen said.

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