Despite the fact that almost all the countries in the world have snubbed Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir and criticized it for exporting terror, China continues to support Pakistan. China has extended technical hold on UN proposal to declare Masood Azhar a global terrorist. According to media reports, China accused India of pursuing "political gains in the name of counter-terrorism". If Azhar is declared a terrorist, he won’t be able to raise funds or travel to other countries.
China, which has been taking a cautious approach with regard to Kashmir and India’s surgical strike on militant camps across LoC, has now come out openly against India. China is concerned about its $52-billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that any tension here would adversely affect the project in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. India has raised its objections against the project.
"There should be no double standards on counter- terrorism. Nor should one pursue own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism," said China's Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong at a press briefing today, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India+ this week for the BRICS Summit scheduled to held October 15-16 in Goa.
"China always maintains that on the listing matter, the 1267 committee should stick to the main principles of objectivity, impartiality and professionalism, base its judgments on solid evidence and decide upon consensus among the members of the Security Council," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in a written reply to a question after it extended its technical hold.
On the issue of India's membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) - another move Beijing blocked earlier this year - China's foreign minister today reiterated that there was need to build consensus over the admission of new members to the 48-member Group.
"These rules are not to be decided by China alone. On the issue, China and India have maintained good communication and we are ready to continue consultations with India to build consensus and we also hope India can go to other members of the NSG as well," Li said.