Beijing:China on Monday claimed that “positive progress” has been made to resolve the issue of designating Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN and accused the US of scuttling its efforts by taking the matter directly to the Security Council.China last week defended its repeated attempts to block the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Azhar as a global terrorist and refuted the US allegation that Beijing’s action amounted to protecting violent Islamic groups from sanctions.“After the application for designation of Azhar was proposed (in the 1267 committee), China is in close communication and coordination with various parties and made positive progress. The US knows that very well,” foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at the regular media briefing on Monday.
Beijing, however, didn’t share details on what exact “progress” had been made in the case, keeping its views on the subject cryptic. “We believe under the current circumstances forcing a draft resolution at the (UN) Security Council is not a constructive move and set a bad example,” Geng said, referring to Washington’s move to take the case directly to the UNSC.
China has so far blocked four attempts to designate the chief of the JeM a global terrorist by the UN. Masood Azhar’s terror group had claimed responsibility for the suicide car bombing in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14 that killed 40 CRPF soldiers. India responded with an air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Balakot, inside Pakistan.
Last month, China blocked a resolution moved by the US, Britain and France with a “technical hold”, saying that it provides time and space for the relevant parties to hold talks. Following this, the US directly moved a resolution in the UN Security Council last week to blacklist Masood Azhar, which China said amounted to undermining the 1267 Committee.
“We believe under the current circumstances forcing a draft resolution at the Security Council is not a constructive move and set a bad example,” Geng said, according to PTI. “We hope various parties will meet each other halfway and continue to properly solve this issue under the 1267 Committee framework. Last Friday, UNSC members exchanged views on the US proposed draft resolution. The majority believes that efforts should be made to solve the issues under 1267 Committee framework,” he added.