Irony! China blocks India’s bid to ban Masood Azhar; then talks against terrorism

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 01 April 2016, 12:46 PM

In an archetypal of ironical stances, China on Thursday vetoed India’s proposal to ban notorious international terrorist and Jaish e Mohammad Chief Maulana Masood Azhar – a move which surprized many. The move by China was seen as its support to its all-weather ally Pakistan. However, the fact that country supported a terrorist was beyond expected.

But what came as an irony was that President Xi Jinping raised his country’s concerns against the rising terrorism cases.

"The terrorist threat is on the rise," Xi told reporters at a joint media appearance with his US counterpart Barack Obama. He said the US and China have growing responsibilities for promoting peace and stability in the world. "As the largest developing country and the largest developed country, and also as the world's top two economies, China and the United States have growing responsibilities for promoting world peace, stability and prosperity. There are wide areas where we should and we can work with each other," the Chinese President said with Obama standing by his side. 

Beijing did not even give any reason on their move in their written communication which just says that they want to put a hold on India's proposition. Media reports say that US, UK and France had strongly supported the move and the other nations had also expressed their consent to proceed with the action on Azhar. But China, one of the five permanent members of the UN group with veto powers.

First Published: Friday, April 01, 2016 11:46 AM

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