Blocking of India’s NSG bid & OBOR other key irritants in Sino-Indian ties in past two years
New Delhi: China has extended its technical hold on the proposal in the UnitedNationstodesignatePakistanbased Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist by another three months. In what could complicate bilateral ties amid the Dokalam standoff, China extended the six-month hold placed in February on the proposal which had the backing of the United States, France and UK. If the deadline had lapsed without objection, Masood Azhar would have been automatically designated a terror mastermind.
This isn’t the first time that China has blocked a move against Azhar. Last year, after India moved the 1267 UN Committee for a ban against Azhar, accusing him of masterminding the Pathankot attack, China blocked the move. This issue, along with blocking of India’s bid for NSG membershipandpushtoOBORinitiative have emerged as key irritants in Sino-Indian ties in the past two years.
Chinafollowedthesamepatternasit did last time of opposing for six monthsfollowedbythreemonthstechnical hold leading to the lapse of India’s application, and finally blocking India’s move. China’s argument hasbeenthattherewaslackof enough evidence against Azhar to impose the banonhim.Indiahasbeensayingthat China’s protection of Azhar exposes the prevalence of double standards in the fight against terrorism.
China did not alter its stand, notwithstanding President Xi Jinping’s praise for India’s counter-terror measures, at informal Brics meet in Hamburg, and NSA Ajit Doval’s strong pitch against terror infrastructure at the Brics NSA meet in July. On January 19, the US, along with France and UK, had moved the proposal to ban Azhar. Unlike last year,whenIndiasoughtactionagainst Azhar,theproposalwasmovedbythese countries.RussiatoobackedIndia.