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
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