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
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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.