According to China, Maulana Masood Azhar is not a terrorist.
In a very shocking (but not surprising) move, Beijing curtly vetoed a resolution calling for a UN ban on Azhar just hours before the deadline on the proposed UN 1267 Taliban/al-Qaeda resolution was to expire.
Being a permanent UN member, China has the power to veto a resolution.
New Delhi has been requesting the UN to declare Maulana a global terrorist since 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
But why did China not side with India on the terror issue? Hasn’t it always maintained, including its declaration today, that it “supports UN playing a central and coordinating role in international cooperation against terrorism”?
China intends to encircle India and build a new silk route that threatens to seriously undermine our maritime and economic interests.
Beijing is spending billions of dollars (estimates vary from $18-$20 billion) in building an economic corridor that literally cuts through Pakistan and connects China’s Xinjiang region to the Arabian Sea.
Practically, China is playing like that evil daddy who tells his kid to wreck havoc on others. And as long as Pakistan is important to China’s world-domination ambitions, Islamabad will remain like the illegitimate prodigal child who can break his neighbour’s window pane without fear of admonishment from his daddy.