02 Nov 2017/Thursday
China has indicated it will once again block India’s request at the United Nations Security Council to declare Masood Azhar, leader of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) extremist group, a global terrorist.This is not the first time China, considered an all-weather ally of Pakistan, has halted India’s efforts against Azhar at the U.N. Security Council.As one of the five permanent and veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council, China has utilized its veto power twice this year to block India’s proposal of designating the JeM leader a terrorist.
In Sep 2017, at the ninth Summit, BRICS leaders, including Xi Jinping, condemned terrorism in all its forms and even Pakistan-based terror groups like the LeT and the JeM were named. Then why China is protecting the JeM chief Azhar Masood? UN Security Council has already blacklisted JeM as an organisation and has proposed to declare Masood as a Global Terrorist which has been backed by all members but China.Why China, who at one end supports crusade against the terrorism, hell bent upon saving Azhar, head of a terror outfit responsible for several terrorist attacks on Indian soil, including at Airforce Base in Pathankot in January 2016. A very apt logic is in Chankaya’s words “There is some self interest behind every friendship. There is no friendship without self interests. This is a bitter Truth”. And the bitter truth is China wants to keep Pakistan safe from international isolation & Pakistani Jihadist groups happy to safeguard Chinese interest in CPEC & OBOR. China feels that by designating Azhar as a terrorist, anti-Indian militant groups including JeM could turn against their own mentor i.e Pakistani. This would have dangerous implications for China, especially for its massive investments and development initiatives in the South Asian country, including the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.