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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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  1. 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.
    1. M
      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!
      1. M
        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!
        1. R
          Feb 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm
          China wait Karma says ISIS is coming to you! Enjoy!
          1. N
            Feb 17, 2017 at 11:43 am
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