Chi­nese Cos may Face the In­dian Mu­sic

Af­ter Bei­jing’s Azhar act at UN, New Delhi talks tough China’s sta­tus un­der ‘coun­tries of con­cern’ shall be re­stored: Se­nior govt of­fi­cial

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Up­set over China block­ing its pro­posal to have Jaishe-Mo­ham­mad­chief Ma­soodAzhar des­ig­nated as a ter­ror­ist by the UN com­mit­tee in the wake of the Pathankot at­tack, In­dia is con­sid­er­ing re­view­ing its lib­eral se­cu­rity clear­ances for Chi­nese com­pa­nies.

The dis­plea­sure is likely to be con­veyed dur­ing the up­com­ing visit of ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj to Moscow to at­tend the tri­lat­eral talks be­tween Rus­sia, In­dia and China. “A bi­lat­eral meet­ing bet ween S waraj and her Chi­nese coun­ter­part is also ex­pected dur­ing which she is likely to raise the is­sue,” said of­fi­cials.

China was re­cently taken out of the list of ‘coun­tries of con­cern’, with an aim to bol­ster for­eign in­vest­ment and de­velop bi­lat­eral ties.As­man­yas24­com­pa­nieshave been given se­cu­rity clear­ances by the home min­istry in the past two years as a re­sult of the re­vised se­cu­rity clear­ance guide­lines.

A se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said: “Se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment is of the view that there shall be a re­view of the lib­er­alised pol­icy to­wards China and its sta­tus un­der ‘coun­tries of con­cern’ shall be re­stored. The ear­lier de­ci­sion to take China out of the list was tak-

Dis­plea­sure likely to be con­veyed by In­dia dur­ing the visit of Swaraj to Moscow

en in view of its in­creas­ing prox­im­ity to­wards Pak­istan, but the ob­jec­tive seems to have failed. In the past two years, the gov­ern­ment had fast-tracked a num­ber of se­cu­rity clear­ances — China (19) was the big­gest ben­e­fi­ciary, fol­lowed by the United States (18).”

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