China has again thrown its weight behind Pakistan-backed terrorist and Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar.
However, China’s excuse will not hold any value since it is the lone member among the 15-member UNSC to oppose the ban on Azhar.
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“There are still different views on India’s listing application made this March. The technical hold on it will allow more time for the Committee to deliberate on the matter and for relevant parties to have further consultations,” China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
The reference to “further consultations” apparently referred to direct consultations between India and Pakistan over the issue.
China had extended the second technical hold valid for three months despite several consultations between New Delhi and Beijing at various levels.
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While opposing the ban against Azhar, the Chinese Foreign Ministry however said “China firmly supports combating all forms of terrorism, stronger international cooperation against terrorism, and supports the central and coordinating role of the UN in international counter-terrorism cooperation”.
Diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan have been rising after the September 18 terror attack on an army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 18 Indian soldiers.
China has expressed its concerns over Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature project, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Besides a host of energy-related projects, the CPEC consists of rail, road and pipelines to ferry oil and gas from Balochistan port Gwadar to Kashghar in Xinjiang through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).