For­eign Secy May Dis­cuss Azhar Is­sue on China Visit

Bei­jing’s re­luc­tance to push In­dia’s pro­posed en­try into the Nu­clear Sup­plier Group may also be dis­cussed dur­ing the visit

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Di­pan­janRoy.Chaud­hury

New Delhi: In­dian For­eign Sec­re­tary S Jais­hankar is likely to visit China as part of a three-na­tion trip soon to im­press upon Bei­jing to act against Jaish-eMo­hammed chief Maulana Ma­sood Azhar in the back­drop of US, UK and France mov­ing a fresh ini­tia­tive in the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil for against the des­ig­nated ter­ror­ist un­der 1267 Sanc­tions Com­mit­tee.

Jais­hankar is ex­pected to dis­cuss key ir­ri­tant in ties — Bei­jing’s in­tran­si­gence on Azhar — with his Chi­nese in­ter­locu­tors, of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar the de­vel­op­ments told ET. Bei­jing’s re­luc­tance to en­dorse In­dia’s pro­posed mem­ber­ship tof the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group might also fig­ure dur­ing the trip. In­dia and China last year up­graded one of the se­nior of­fi­cial level di­a­logues to the level of for­eign sec­re­taries. Sino-In­dian re­la­tions have also been over­shad­owed by China-Pak­istanE­co­nomic-Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) pass­ing through Pak oc­cu­pied Kash­mir. Bei­jing has brushed aside In­dia’s strong op­po­si­tion to the CPEC. It is no se­cret that China’s am­bi­tions in the South China Sea and In­dian Ocean re­gions have also con­trib­uted to In­dia’s dis­com­fort. Yet Jais­hankar’s trip to Bei­jing is also aimed at a re­view of bi­lat­eral ties amid pos­si­bil­ity of flu­id­ity in global pol­i­tics and pos­si­ble strain in Sino-US ties. The for­eign sec­re­tary him­self has es­poused In­dia’s em­pha­sis on multi-po­lar­ity amid flux in geo-pol­i­tics. The PM will visit China later this year for the BRICS Sum­mit.

China’s am­bi­tions in South China Sea & In­dian Ocean re­gions also con­trib­ute to In­dia’s dis­com­fort

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