Pakistan’s regional ally Beijing warned New Delhi on Monday against pursuing its own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism, in what is being viewed as a clear message to India on the issue of Masood Azhar.
“There should be no double standards on counter-terrorism. Nor should one pursue own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism,” China’s Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong said in Beijing without naming India or Pakistan.
Baodong was speaking to reporters ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to India for the 8th BRICS summit in Goa.
Last week, China decided to extend a “technical hold” on India’s plan to declare the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief a designated terrorist.
Veto-wielding permanent member China has earlier blocked India’s move to put a ban on the Jaish leader under the Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council.
China maintains inclusions to the 1267 sanctions list of the UN Security Council should be carried out on the principles of “objectivity, impartiality and professionalism… and solid evidence” with consensus among the Security Council members.
But the senior Chinese diplomat also said Beijing was willing to discuss “possibilities” with India on its bid to become a fully fledged member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a 48-member grouping of countries that trades in civil nuclear technology.
Speaking to reporters Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong said new NSG members needed to be agreed upon by all existing members.
“These rules were not set by China,” Li said.
“On the issue of joining the NSG, China and India have all along had very good communications, and (China) is willing to have further communications with the Indian side, to increase consensus,” he said.
“On this, China is willing to jointly explore all kinds of possibilities with India, but this must accord with the charter of the NSG, and certain rules need to be respected by all sides,” Li said, without elaborating.
The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) recognises the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France – as nuclear weapons powers but not others.
India has ruled out signing the NPT but thinks it is entitled to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
India was granted an NSG waiver in 2008 that allows it to engage in nuclear commerce, but deprives it of a vote in the organisation’s decision making.
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily