China Again Blocks Move to List Masood Azhar as Global Terrorist

China to block move to designate Masood 'global terrorist' at UN India 'deeply disappointed'

China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, has repeatedly blocked moves to sanction Azhar under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee since previous year.

China on Thursday for the fourth time blocked India, the USA and other nations' bid to list Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, saying "there is no consensus" within the members of the sanctions committee. India, however, says China is the only one among 15 members of the committee that has opposed the listing.

India says only China is not in favour of branding Azhar as an worldwide terrorist.

This is the second year in succession that it has blocked the resolution.

The Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar expressed deep disappointment at the Chinese move.

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The "technical hold" could not be extended as it expired on Thursday, and hence, China was being expected to block the request permanently.

The Chinese spokesperson made it clear that they had proposed the technical hold so that more time was given to the committee for deliberations and to all relevant parties for further consultations.

Hua's remarks indicate that China will continue its policy to block moves by India and other countries led by the U.S. to block Azhar's listing during the second term of Chinese President Xi Jinping, which began over a week ago. China's actions are meant to ensure that we safeguard the authority and effectiveness of this committee and we will continue to follow the mandate of the committee and rules of procedure, and remain in constant communication and coordination with all members of the committee.

To the follow-up questions, Hua said the committee has its rules.

China, which is a member of the UN Security Council, has the right to veto.

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Hua on Monday denied that China was acting at the behest of all-weather ally Pakistan. "As I said, there are differences over this issue in the Committee and it has yet to reach a consensus", she asserted.

Beijing's decision to block the move could be seen as a turn-around after being part of the Xiamen Declaration, released after the Brics summit last month.

Earlier in June, China insisted that India provide "solid evidence" against the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief.

"As for the listing application by the relevant country, there are disagreements". The declaration was the first time anti-India groups such as LeT and JeM were compared to the IS by the grouping.

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