1. Why is China defending Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar?

Why is China defending Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar?

China has not only blocked India's bid to get Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar declared as a UN-designated terrorist but also given a bizarre justification for its decision.

By: | Updated: October 10, 2016 12:26 PM
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China has not only blocked India’s bid to get Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar declared as a UN-designated terrorist but also given a bizarre justification for its decision. While the country continues to claim that it stands against all forms of terrorism, it has refused to end its technical hold on the ban on Azhar.

Replying to a question on criticism about China’s move to stall India’s bid for a UN ban on Azhar, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong sought to justify Beijing’s recent technical hold in the matter. In a veiled reference to India, which is pressing for the UN ban against Azhar over his role in the Pathankot terror attack, he said: “China is opposed to all forms of terrorism. There should be no double standards on counter-terrorism. Nor should one pursue own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism.”

Here are some reasons for China’s support to Azhar:

1. Chinese stand on Azhar certainly shows the country can go to any extent to appease its partner Pakistan. However, Chinese authorities claim otherwise. China claims it is against the ban on Azhar because of the “different views” on the issue.

Chinese Foreign Ministry had told PTI on Saturday: “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.”

2. Azhar has the backing of the Pakistani military and China considers Pakistan as its “all-weather ally” while it sees India as a competitor and sometimes even a threat.

3. In past, China has taken a stand against India over several issues, like India’s NSG membership in the UNSC. As far as the ban on Azhar is concerned, China is the only country among 15 to have opposed the ban on Azhar.

(With PTI inputs)

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    Sujata Sanyal
    Apr 24, 2017 at 3:33 am
    China has a dual policy on terrorism. On the one hand it is crying se on Dalai Lama's India visit who is an apostle of peace, while on the other it is fully endorsing a dreaded terrorist organisation's head Masood Azhar. No wonder it has found an ally in stan which has the same nefarious track record as an aggressor like China and authoritarian in its approach by doing ethnic cleansing of Balochs. China also believes in ethnic cleansing of its rivals and the Tibetans.
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    Tony
    Oct 11, 2016 at 7:22 am
    Stop buying Chinese stuff
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    dilip k
    Oct 10, 2016 at 1:48 pm
    India should continue and accelerate military might china as main threat.
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    s
    Oct 10, 2016 at 7:39 am
    It now for China to reveal how Masood azhar is not a terrorist, and what double speak on terror is being done?.It is for China to speak out how MAsood azahar is a blue e boy.China is bullying on the world and needs a respective approach.
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    Valerian Menezes
    Oct 15, 2016 at 2:29 am
    India has a wrong estimation of China's relations in the recent past. China is not India's friend. It is a compeor. It defends stan only as a counter-balance in the region. China thinks JeM and LeT would be handy for them in future to settle scores against India, if needed. India should be more careful about them. And should not depend on them.
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    reader
    Oct 11, 2016 at 2:06 am
    Well, then India will strike Masood Azhar at India's choice and time.
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    infoseeker
    Oct 10, 2016 at 10:31 am
    alll should stop buying chinese items....that will teach them good lesson...
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    Kanwar Lal Kamboj
    Oct 10, 2016 at 8:49 am
    Kya yeh wo hi Mashood Azhar hai jisko BJP sarkar KANDHAR mein chhod kar ayee thi?
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    Hari
    Oct 10, 2016 at 3:38 pm
    China will bow before India if Indian will boycott CHINESE GOODS in . Modi govt should also restrict the flow of goods from CHINA so that the huge trade deficit between of two countries can be checked. CHINA will stop all subversive activities against India and will come to terms according to Indian interest. Firstly Indian should pledge to stop the use of CHINESE GOODS which will be very helpful in containing China on our borders and connivance with stan on terrorist attacks and other anti-Indian activities. The economic blockade is the most effective weapon against CHINA. stan will also come to terms dictated by India provided Modi govt clearly told them to abrogate Indus Water Treaty if any future terrorist's attack is made on Indian soil. The present alarming situation imposed on India by stan is the gift of past UPA Italian rule in last 10 years which has incited stan to launch the full scale proxy war on India soil.
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    Mohammed Uzair Shaikh
    Oct 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm
    This should be the worst article I've ever read on FE. For sake of online pageviews, please don't dent your credibility. Both FE and IE are now turning trash like TOI. Perhaps, even worse.
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    noname
    Oct 11, 2016 at 3:24 am
    You would not be speaking like this (for that matter even Kapil Saibal) if your dear ones were on that flight.
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    Prasad Popuri
    Oct 11, 2016 at 6:57 am
    China hs been hostile to India interests. The tone of China is not acceptable. India should become strong economically and produce arms needed for its defence. If India becomes strong the tone of every country towards India will change.
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    Jaanbaaz
    Oct 10, 2016 at 8:58 am
    Chup Chew**tiye.. Had they not saved the 100 pengers on board, people like you would have raised similar questions from the other end..
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    Es Es
    Oct 10, 2016 at 4:15 pm
    China is grateful to stan and Azhar Mod and his ilk for not raising a single word against repression of Chinese Muslims.
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    Es Es
    Oct 10, 2016 at 4:17 pm
    China is grateful to Pakstan and Mashood Azhar and his ilk for not raising a single word against the repression of Chine Muslims.
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    Sanjay
    Oct 10, 2016 at 7:43 am
    China has subcontracted containment of India to stan which stan is more than willing to do. China does not want India to reach at the economic level it has currently reached. We need to keep stan busy in their internal matters and continue our focus on economic development.
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    Santosh Chaube
    Oct 10, 2016 at 8:35 pm
    Chinese are providing all the funds for promoting extremism, They want Azar and Hafeez to silence all the dissidents in Baluchistan and Gilgit Baltistan for the CPEC corridors.
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