Beijing reaffirms earlier stance: China blocks India at UNSC

Demonstrators gathering in front of the British Council & UNICEF West Bengal Office demanding U.N. action against Pakistan and the perpetrators of the Pulwama terrorist attack on Feb. 19 2019

Beijing reaffirms earlier stance: China blocks India at UNSC

China for the fourth time blocked a bid in the UN Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist". China has all along participated in relevant discussions in a responsible manner and in strict accordance with the rules of procedure and provisions of the 1267 committee.

China said it needed "more time to examine" the proposal, a diplomat at the United Nations told the Press Trust of India news agency. "China is ready to communicate and coordinate with all sides including India to properly handle this issue", Chinese Foreign Ministry was quoted saying.

The developments come after the United States, Britain and France called on the UN Security Council's Daesh* and al Qaeda sanctions committee to subject Masood Azhar, founder of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist group, to an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze.

The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC was moved by France, the United Kingdom and the U.S. on 27 February, days after a suicide bomber of the JeM killed over 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party president said that while China was refusing to cooperate in blacklisting the terrorist, the Modi government placed an order of Rs 630 crore to buy bullet-proof vests from China. During a press conference, Kang had expressed the hope that India and Pakistan would maintain "good neighbourly and friendly ties and settle issues through friendly consultation".

This led to a widespread outrage on Twitter and netizens vowed to #BoycottChineseProducts to teach China a lesson.

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JeM has however attacked Pakistani military targets and even made an attempt on former leader Pervez Musharraf's life in 2003, despite India's accusations that Pakistan harbours the group.

Earlier on Thursday (March 14) morning, the Congress president took to Twitter and said: "Weak Modi is scared of Xi".

The proposal was moved by France, the U.S. and the United Kingdom to designate Azhar a global terrorist.

China had shown some flexibility last month on the issue of JeM last month, when it went along with a Council statement condemning in "strongest terms" the Pulwama attack calling it a "heinous and cowardly suicide bombing" and noting that the JeM claimed responsibility for it. India is undoing all the mistakes of your family. In a tweet, the BJP accused Gandhi's great grandfather and India's first Prime Minister of gifting the UNSC seat to China at India's cost.

Interestingly, NC leader Omar Abdullah got also involved in the virtual war over China. "The FM assured me that Pakistan would deal firmly with all terrorists and will continue steps to deescalate tensions with India".

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