All members of UNSC should follow rules: China on Masood Azhar’s ban

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Beijing | Updated: February 10, 2017 9:03 PM

Reacting guardedly to India's diplomatic protests over its move to block US resolution to list Pakistan-based JeM leader Masood Azhar as a terrorist, China today hoped all members of the UN Security Council who are part of the anti-terrorism committee will follow rules.

On February 8, Lu defended China's move to block a US attempt to list Azhar in the UN saying that the "conditions" have not yet been met for Beijing to back the move. He said Beijing resorted to this move to allow the "relevant parties" to reach a consensus. On February 8, Lu defended China’s move to block a US attempt to list Azhar in the UN saying that the “conditions” have not yet been met for Beijing to back the move. He said Beijing resorted to this move to allow the “relevant parties” to reach a consensus.

Reacting guardedly to India’s diplomatic protests over its move to block US resolution to list Pakistan-based JeM leader Masood Azhar as a terrorist, China today hoped all members of the UN Security Council who are part of the anti-terrorism committee will follow rules. “Will check on reports of India’s diplomatic protest,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told media briefing here when asked about yesterday’s démarche by India over China putting a technical hold of US resolution in the 1267 Committee of the UNSC to designate entities involved in terrorism.

Lu said China already reiterated its stand on its technical hold two days ago. “China is a responsible member of the UNSC as well as a subsidiary organ. China has always been acting in accordance with UNSC resolutions and rules of procedure of its subsidiary organs. We hope that all members of the security council and its affiliation would follow the rules of the procedures,” he said.

On February 8, Lu defended China’s move to block a US attempt to list Azhar in the UN saying that the “conditions” have not yet been met for Beijing to back the move. He said Beijing resorted to this move to allow the “relevant parties” to reach a consensus.

“Last year 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council has discussed the issue regarding listing Masood in the sanctions list. There were different views with no consensus reached,” Lu said.

“As for the submission once again by relevant countries to list him in the sanctions list, I would say the conditions are not yet met for the Committee to reach a decision,” he said.

This is the second year China has blocked attempts to bring about a UN ban on Azhar which would warrant Pakistan to act against him. Jaish-e-Muhammad, a terrorist organisation based in Pakistan, has already been listed by the 1267 Committee.

India moved for UN ban against him in March last year accusing of masterminding the Pathankot terrorist attack. China first blocked for six months followed by three months technical hold, which ended on December 31 last year.

The US along with the UK and France approached the Committee again for the ban and Beijing once again put a six months technical hold on it. The report said that to reduce costs arising from infrastructure bottlenecks, several private non major ports such as Krishnapatnam, Mundra, Pipavav, etc have developed close to demand clusters.

They are also implementing new concepts to reduce logistics costs. For example, Krishnapatnam port has implemented Direct Port Delivery which has subsequently being adopted by major ports, it said.

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According to the report, non-major ports are also to lead on cost optimisation with improved productivity and cutting edge technology ushering Indian ports onto the world stage. Krishnapatnam and Nhava Sheva (JNPT) are the only ports that feature in the ranking of major ports in the world on the basis of port productivity.

“While most Indian ports have low draft ranging from 7-14 meters, new private ports like Gangavaram, Krishnapatnam and Mundra are filling the void by having deeper drafts. These ports have a draft in excess of 18 meters which is at par with some global major ports,” it said.

The non-major ports of the country are also giving a tough fight to the traditional players with improved operational metrics in terms of increased berth productivity, ship berthing per day, average crane moves per hour among others.

Identifying pre-berthing delays as key concern for major ports in India with as high as 1.6 days average delay, the report said private terminal operators such as Mundra and Krishnapatnam are performing at par with international ports with near zero delays.

Private ports such as Gangavaram and Mundra have 4-lane expressway connectivity while Krishnapatnam port with its connectivity to a 4 lane road and upgradeable makes it a congestion free port.

More so with the government set to create transshipment hubs with modifications in the regulatory framework, ports like the Krishnapatnam on the east coast and JNPT and Mundra on the west, backed with their strategic locations, deep drafts and innovative processes are well poised to emerge as the transshipment hubs of the country.

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