Beijing: China has said it was ready to work with India to promote “constant progress” of bilateral relations, amid fresh strains in ties after Beijing again blocked Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar’s designation as a global terrorist by the UN.
China yesterday for the fourth time blocked India, the US and other nations’ bid to list Azhar as a global terrorist, saying “there is no consensus” within the members of the sanctions committee.
India reacted sharply to China’s move, saying “accommodating with terrorism” for narrow objectives was both short-sighted and counterproductive.
China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong told the media that China attached great importance to its relations with India.
“India is an important neighbour of China,” Chen said, adding China plans to step up ties with neighbours under the “neighbourhood diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in the new era” enunciated by President Xi Jinping during the recently concluded key Congress of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).
“We are ready to work with India to promote constant progress of bilateral relations guided by this diplomacy with Chinese characteristics for the new era,” Chen said without elaborating.
He said China has been following this concept and vision over the past few years in its cooperation with the neighbours and deepening mutual political trust promoting practical cooperation with them.
In the last two years, China has stonewalled efforts by India to declare Azhar as a global terrorist. PTI