Block­ing of In­dia’s NSG bid & OBOR other key ir­ri­tants in Sino-In­dian ties in past two years

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Di­pan­janRoy.Chaud­hury @times­group.com

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.

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