Need ‘strong evidence’ to back JeM chief Masood Azhar ban at UN: China

Stating that China has reiterated its stand several times, Geng said, "On (the) 1267 committee, the latest development is relevant countries have made another application with the committee.

By: PTI | Beijing | Updated: February 17, 2017 5:02 pm
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Ahead of its strategic dialogue with India, China today said “solid evidence” was needed for it to back efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and China’s Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui will hold a new round of strategic dialogue in Beijing on February 22, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang told a media briefing here.

The two sides will have an in-depth exchange of views on the international situation and other regional and global issues of mutual interest in the strategic dialogue which is an important communication mechanism between India and China, he said. Commenting on reports of “friction points” in the bilateral relationship, including the Azhar issue and India’s admission into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Geng said “differences are only natural”.

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“Through all kinds of conversation and exchanges, including (the) upcoming Strategic Dialogue, (the) two sides can step up communication to narrow differences and reach new consensus on achieving cooperation,” he said.

On the Azhar issue, over which China has put a technical hold on the recent US move to list the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief as a terrorist in the 1267 committee of the UN Security Council, Geng said China will support the move if there is solid evidence.

Read: India, China to discuss ‘friction points’ like NSG, Masood Azhar

“China upholds principles of objectivity, impartiality and professionalism and takes part in relevant discussions. Whether last year’s application by India or this year’s by (the) relevant country, our position is consistent,” Geng said.

“Our criteria is only one, we need solid evidence. If there is solid evidence the application can be approved. If there is no solid evidence there is hardly consensus,” he said.

Read more: India and China to hold first strategic dialogue on February 22

Stating that China has reiterated its stand several times, Geng said, “On (the) 1267 committee, the latest development is relevant countries have made another application with the committee. Relevant members of (the) committee are in consultation and relevant parties have failed to reach consensus so far.”

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    Gopi Chand
    Feb 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    China need a SOLID and TIGHT KICK in it's rear end to set right things. The sooner they get it the better for India.
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      MyTake
      Feb 17, 2017 at 7:36 pm
      Blessings in disguise: lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Thank China that it is giving India some lessons for India's love affairs with slave mentality! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Even if India's huge number of "Netas", who, by and large are mafia's "Manas Putra and Manas Putri" wake up to this reality and take some remedial measure, this will help Modi to give India a dignified place in the history like once it used to be!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Currently you can not expect much with leaders like Mamata, AK, Rahul, Mayabati and the likes around who are nothing but a drag!
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        MyTake
        Feb 17, 2017 at 7:14 pm
        Does China has good human right records? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;No.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;More you invest power in the hand of China more it will bully others. You are asking for it by investing more power in it!
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          Romik
          Feb 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm
          China wait Karma says ISIS is coming to you! Enjoy!
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            Nath
            Feb 17, 2017 at 11:43 am
            ONLY WAY IS TO REQUEST MOD TO SEND TERRORIST AS A SPECIAL CASE TO CHINA TO SHOW THEIR ACTION
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              ak dev
              Feb 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm
              Boycott Chinese
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                ak dev
                Feb 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm
                China has openly declared its enmity with India. India is still cowardly pretending.
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                  Ankush
                  Feb 17, 2017 at 3:27 pm
                  What do Cina means solid evidance?lt;br/gt;Is china obeying " south china sea" ruling by international court?lt;br/gt;Is it not a solid evidence?
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                    Sundar BN
                    Feb 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm
                    Excusen moi, but is it too hard to bomb Shanghai or X'an and frame this Azaar creature?
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                      D.Bahl
                      Feb 17, 2017 at 12:55 pm
                      One has to examine the ground realities. JeM chief Masood Azhar is a Kashmiri. Adding to it, China and stan hold parts of Kashmir as these occupied territories belong to India. The hidden message to India is that "these are our territories and as we own them", it is our responsibility to manage it and no foreign interference is acceptable. In a manner of speaking, China and stan are internationally legitimizing their illegal occupation of Indian territory through negative publicity and India should be very careful about it. Both countries have their investment on the Silk Road project and India really has to change its tact on this matter and instead play the hard ball being the only solution to it.
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                        Sriniwasan
                        Feb 17, 2017 at 1:34 pm
                        China and stan have legitimized their illegal occupation as squatters in the JandK territory which belongs to India,is because Indian pusillanimity.lt;br/gt;How does it matter whether a blade of gr grows or not or POK is only rock mountain and ridges.It is India's land and India has to get it back by force or otherwise
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                          Ashok Kumar
                          Feb 18, 2017 at 12:08 am
                          Chinese love for Pak based terrorists is understood .This is the way China wants to corner India. A cheap deable act.China is thus supporting terrorism.
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                            jagadishachappa
                            Feb 17, 2017 at 11:35 am
                            if china says masood azhar is a terroist operative,then it may loose its businnes with stan that y it is asking so many proofs.
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                              JM
                              Feb 17, 2017 at 11:20 pm
                              What strong evidence? Get lost you slit e.
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                                thistooshallpass
                                Feb 17, 2017 at 12:21 pm
                                What is the evidence that has bee submitted by India. Can this be made clear.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;For once and all why does not India expose China by revealing to the public what they have shared.
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                                  krish
                                  Feb 17, 2017 at 11:47 am
                                  Couldn't Chinese morons see the videos of IC 814 - that itself is the public evidence about Masood even before Jaish was formed. lt;br/gt;We should ignore these and continue to build our Military, Defense and Economic capabilities which China is very much worried about.
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                                    Ashok Mazumdar
                                    Feb 18, 2017 at 12:45 am
                                    2 Delhi Bomb Blast Accused were set free by Spl Courts, due to lack of evidence for 2005 Sarojini Nagar Market blasts, where 56 innocents were killed.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Extremely Sad for our Investigators as they failed to do justice for those Persons.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Our investigators have become Political (opponent's) Investgators for Vendetta Politics.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Hundreds of So called Prized Terrorists were set free by Indian Courts.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What is the Guarantee, that this Terrorist Azhar Masood shall not be freed by International Community ?, and returned him to us, who had set him free by Atal Bihari Govt.
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                                      Ashok Mazumdar
                                      Feb 18, 2017 at 1:16 am
                                      China also knows that Indian Ministers went to Kandhahar to release Azhar Masood with cash /dowry, post IC 814.
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                                        Mahender Goriganti
                                        Feb 17, 2017 at 4:30 pm
                                        Don't bother talking about this any other in Porkistan as guests. Just eliminate, not book and bring to courts, all suspects in India now to save Hindustan
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                                          Mahender Goriganti
                                          Feb 17, 2017 at 8:44 pm
                                          Just ignore China or anybody else just do what we need to do to eliminate them both in side and outside country in every possible way, legally or illegally (ignore all the human rights cries just like China, US, Russia does) .
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                                            Arun
                                            Feb 17, 2017 at 6:49 pm
                                            Strong evidence ????lt;br/gt;After all these years ???
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