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New Delhi: It was not the first time when Beijing played spoil­sport, but by con­tin­u­ously us­ing its veto power in the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to stop ac­tion against Jaish-e-Mo­hammed chief Ma­sood Azhar, China is only tar­nish­ing its in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion.

China, which is a global power, and hopes to end the Amer­i­can hege­mony, is be­ing guided by its nar­row in­ter­est of all-weather friend­ship with Pak­istan, a coun­try which is linked to ter ror. China, by its tacit sup­port to Pak­istan, runs the risk of be­ing ac­cused of main­tain­ing dou­ble stan­dards, es­pe­cially when the world is unit­ing to fight ter­ror and fun­da­men­tal­ism. Grow­ing threats at home from Uyghur ex­trem­ists do not seem to de­ter Beijing from pam­per­ing Pak­istan by turn­ing a blind eye to groups such as JeM or LeT, and ter­ror mas­ter­minds in­clud­ing Hafiz Saeed. What’s more, even a counter-ter­ror di­a­logue with In­dia last year have not changed China’s out­look on the loom­ing threat from groups such as JeM and LeT.

Last year was not the first in- stance when China ve­toed ac­tion by UNSC against Azhar. It may be re­called that China un­der Hu Jin­tao had also played spoil­sport at the same plat­form in 2009-10 against the same fugi­tive. And China of 2016 un­der Xi Jin­ping is pow­er­ful enough to flex mus­cles to safe­guard its friend­ship with Islamabad, and no amount of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Delhi and Beijing have helped In­dia’s cause.

Strate­gic af­fairs an­a­lysts be­lieve that China uses Pak­istan to keep Uyghur ex­trem­ists un­der check from re­ceiv­ing any sup­port from Pak­istan-based ter­ror in­fras­truc­ture, and in re­tur n, al­lows Islamabad to en­cour­age anti-In­dia ter­ror in­fras­truc­ture to thrive. China needs a sta­ble Xin­jiang for trans­port of oil from Gwadar port throughCPECwhenMalac­caS­trait gets blocked in a mil­i­tary cri­sis.

How­ever, with sev­eral ter­ror at­tacks and plots across the globe be­ing traced back to Pak­istan in­clud­ing those in the Gulf, In­dia is not the lone vic­tim of Pak-based


ter­ror. De­mands are mount­ing on the Nawaz Sharif regime to clamp down on ter­ror mod­ules and fugi­tives but lit­tle ac­tion has been taken ex­pect house ar­rest and travel ban against Hafiz Saeed, mas­ter­mind of the 26/11 and seve r al ot her t e r ror s t r i kes in Jammu and Kash­mir and beyond. To­day, China is prob­a­bly the only coun­try that has lever­age with Pak­istan in the cur­rent geopo­lit­i­cal sce­nario but its dream p r o j e c t o f Chi n a - Pa k i s t a n - Eco­nomic-Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) is yet an­other de­ter­rent on clamp­ing down on Islamabad’s use of ter­ror as a tool in for­eign pol­icy. China also ap­pears to have mil­i­tary de­signs in the re­gion through CPEC.

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