Ahead of Doval visit, China sticks to its guns on Azhar issue

Ahead of Doval visit, China sticks to its guns on Azhar issue

Beijing: Ahead of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s visit here, China on Tuesday stuck to its stand on blocking India’s bid to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN, saying it was in accordance with “facts and relevant resolutions”.
Ahead of the crucial boundary talks between Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on Wednesday, China also said it was in “sound communication” with all relevant parties including the Indian side over the Azhar issue.
As both External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar raised the Azhar issue strongly on Monday in their talks with their counterparts asking China to review its stand, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying once again reiterated that Beijing’s decision was in accordance with “facts” and “relevant” UN resolutions.
“As for the listing matter China has already expressed its position. We support the UN central coordinating role in the world campaign against terrorism and China has taken active part in the world cooperation against terrorism,” Hua said.
“We oppose double standards in counter terrorism campaign. We have been dealing with the listing matter in accordance with the facts and relevant resolutions. We are also in sound communication with all relevant parties including the Indian side,” she said.
China’s assertion came in the backdrop of Swaraj’s remarks at the Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers meet in Moscow where she warned the international community of “serious consequences” if it continues to adopt “double standards” in dealing with terrorism. China’s “hidden veto” in blocking India’s bid to get JeM chief Azhar banned by the UN has cast a shadow on the Sino- India boundary talks beginning here on Wednesday.

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