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China avoids Azhar UN ban issue after BRICS declaration on terror names JeM

China has repeatedly blocked moves to ban Azhar under the Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Xiamen: Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the group photo session at 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province in China, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. AP/PTI
Xiamen: Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the group photo session at 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province in China, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. AP/PTI
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China on Monday parried questions on any change in its stand of blocking JeM chief Masood Azhar's banning by the UN, even as the declaration of the BRICS Summit for the first time named the terror outfit along with other Pakistan-based groups for spreading violence in the region.

A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked moves to ban Azhar under the Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.



"On participating in international campaign against terrorism, our position is consistent and firm," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here, commenting on the strong stand taken by BRICS countries, including China, by naming Pakistan-based terror outfits among those spreading violence in the region.

He, however, skirted a direct response to a question on whether the naming of (JeM) by the BRICS in which China is a prominent member marks a change in Beijing's stand of opposing the ban against Azhar, who heads the group.

"I have not seen the BRICS joint declaration and don't know the specific content," Geng said.

"On the counter cooperation among the BRICS countries, we are very satisfied with the achievements made by the BRICS. We have a working group on terrorism," he said.

In the last two years, China has stonewalled efforts by India and then later by the US, the UK, and France to declare Azhar as a terrorist, stating that there is no consensus on the issue.


This has led to bilateral discord between India and China as Beijing's move has been seen as an attempt to shield Azhar on behalf of

Early last month, China had again extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and the UK-backed proposal to list Azhar for his role in the Pathankot terror attack.

China had in February this year blocked the US move to designate Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN. Earlier, it had also blocked India's moves to get Azhar designated as a global terrorist.


Also, in a move that could cause consternation in Pakistan, the BRICS declaration named besides the JeM for spreading violence. The inclusion of both the groups followed a tough stand against enunciated by US President Donald Trump in his recent policy statement on Afghanistan and South Asia.

The BRICS expressed "concern" over the security situation in the region and the violence caused by the Taliban, ISIS, al-Qaeda and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) and Hizb ut-Tahrir.

This was in contrast to a vague reference to in last year's BRICS Summit at Goa that had called on all nations to adopt a "comprehensive approach in combating terrorism".

At the Xiamen Summit, the BRICS leaders called for swift and effective implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) international standards worldwide.

"We call upon the international community to establish a genuinely broad international counter-coalition and support the UN's central coordinating role in this regard," the declaration said.

Additionally, the leaders stressed that the fight against must be conducted in accordance with international law.

First Published: Tue, September 05 2017. 08:30 IST
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