China ready for consensus NSG but opposed to UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar

China had announced the extension of its "technical hold" on India's bid to get Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN on October 1, days before it was to expire.

By: PTI | Beijing | Updated: October 10, 2016 5:47 pm
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Ahead of President Xi Jinping’s visit to India, China on Monday said it is “ready” for talks with India on its entry into the NSG but defended extending a hold on India’s bid for a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar, saying Beijing is opposed to anyone making “political gains in the name of counter-terrorism”. Briefing media  on Xi’s visit to India this week to take part in the BRICS Summit in Goa, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong again harped on the need to build consensus over the admission of new members in the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

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Asked if any progress on the issue of India’s admission into NSG can be expected in the meeting between Xi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, Li said NSG rules stipulate consensus among the members to admit new ones.

“These rules are not to be decided by China alone. On the issue, China and India have maintained good communication and we are ready to continue consultations with India to build consensus and we also hope India can go to other members of the NSG as well,” Li said replying to a question on China’s reservations on India’s admission to the elite nuclear trading club.

“In this aspect we are also ready for discussions with India to explore possibilities but things need to be in keeping up with procedures, norms and regulations of the NSG. On this issue, China position is consistent. That is why China has often said international law must be observed,” he said.

Xi will travel to Goa to attend the BRICS Summit scheduled to held between October 15-16. The BRICS grouping consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa.

While India has blamed one country, without naming China, for stalling its membership in the NSG, both the countries held talks recently to iron out differences.

After talks with India, China also has held similar talks with Pakistan, which also applied for membership in the influential grouping.

Replying to a question on criticism about China’s move to stall India’s bid for a UN ban on Azhar – head of Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad, Li sought to justify Beijing’s recent technical hold in the matter, saying: “China is opposed to all forms of terrorism.”

“There should be no double standards on counter-terrorism. Nor should one pursue own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism,” he said in a veiled reference to India, which is pressing for the UN ban against Azhar over his role in the Pathankot terror attack.

China had announced the extension of its “technical hold” on India’s bid to get Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN on October 1, days before it was to expire. The hold can continue for upto three months more.

During today’s briefing, Li said counter-terrorism cooperation will figure in the BRICS Summit.

“On counter-terrorism, it is an important area for cooperation among BRICS members for political security. Cooperation on this front will enhance BRICS communication and coordination and will contribute to world peace and security. That is quite obvious,” he said.

He said BRICS Foreign Ministers reached agreement on counter-terrorism during their meeting on the margins of the UN General Assembly last month.

“We hope and believe that this Goa summit will build on the past consensus and continue to strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism and other issues of political security and contribute to world peace and security,” he said.

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    Ikok
    Oct 10, 2016 at 2:57 pm
    India should boycot as it did for SAARC but here it cannot as the BRICS countries do not take dictation from it. Like Bangladesh etc etc..
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      Anti
      Oct 10, 2016 at 3:38 pm
      China has slapped India. Once again lolz
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        Brahmins.are.Bane
        Oct 10, 2016 at 6:35 pm
        Now China is -Brahmin bhakt logic
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          Indiran
          Oct 10, 2016 at 3:44 pm
          Another coward Brahmin in Christian name!
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            Indiran
            Oct 10, 2016 at 2:29 pm
            Another shameless brahmin
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              Indiran
              Oct 10, 2016 at 1:46 pm
              Go back to pre-migration Western Iran. Else we indigenous South Asians are going to drive you forcibly.
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                Indiran
                Oct 10, 2016 at 2:31 pm
                Very pity of India. Now it has been forced to select between Azhar and NSG. K would prefer to have NSG because that would pave way for a w bunch of brahmins being appointed by Iyer Bureau(IB) as AZZ CEOs and as AZZ CFOs.
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                  Indiran
                  Oct 10, 2016 at 1:17 pm
                  Checkmate by China. Chinese are cleverer than dumb Chanakyans.
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                    Ashok
                    Oct 10, 2016 at 4:50 pm
                    India has to prepare a nemesis, an equivalent of stani Azhar Masood. The most appropriate person for that is our guru Shri Mohan Bagawatji. After that India should sent the vanaras across the LoC and attack stani Army. Then india should trade him for NSG. What do you say bonkered bhakts?
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                      Ashok
                      Oct 10, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                      Masood Azhar was released by BJP. BJP created the monster. Now BJP wants to declare him global terrorist. Modi graduated from a State terrorist to National terrorist to a global terrorist. How can one global terrorist Modi ask another terrorist to be declared a global terrorist. That is against brahmin dog Manu's law!
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                        MyTake
                        Oct 10, 2016 at 6:25 pm
                        India should start giving shelter to Yuigurs in their quest for freedom from China to give the right answer in their own coin. This will put Islamic republic of stan in soon as well!
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                          Neil
                          Oct 10, 2016 at 6:33 pm
                          India should just wait out the NSG as it will get membership sooner or later.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Instead it should focus on cornering China on terrorism.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Bring in the motion, evidence in front of UN council repeatedly and ask simple question 'why hafiz/azhar' ate not terrorist.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Let China explain in detail why it is hyphenating itself with terrorism.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Have other members of the committee ask these questions and the hold will be gone within few months.
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                            Abbiya
                            Oct 10, 2016 at 10:51 am
                            China want to give india PM NSG lollipop .our PM is happy with Chinese lollipop. .NSG doesn't more important then Terrorism. .please boycott Chinese goods. Indian people don't need Chinese lollipop.
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                              Ashok
                              Oct 10, 2016 at 3:11 pm
                              What exact political gains, may I ask? You cannot simply throw in any statement and expect the international community to believe it. Even yesterday Masood was talking about how India would experience more Uri-like attacks right under the protection of the Pak army. We've made our case with the Mum terror attacks. Just closing your eyes or pretending to close your eyes won't work anymore. Appeal to Indians: Stop buying as much Chinese goods as you can.
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                                Arvind
                                Oct 10, 2016 at 1:27 pm
                                Another imposter. Kick him out of here.
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                                  Arvind
                                  Oct 10, 2016 at 1:26 pm
                                  Go back to stan - we dont want you here.
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                                    Arvind
                                    Oct 10, 2016 at 1:26 pm
                                    This is China playing games and nothing more. A terrorist is a terrorist and the Chinese will have to realize that, despite its desire to side with its puppet stan.
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                                      avi
                                      Oct 10, 2016 at 8:33 pm
                                      Chinses are Pathological liars and hoodwinkers who trusts them ???
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                                        blogger3110
                                        Oct 10, 2016 at 11:18 am
                                        China is leading India on the garden path it stance will change once the summit is over.
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                                          imran
                                          Oct 11, 2016 at 7:07 pm
                                          China and stan is big friend always
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                                            Nampurath Krishna
                                            Oct 10, 2016 at 12:24 pm
                                            And stan is not making even condoms so he could lean on Chinese products only, well said we're not concerned of potion explosion. Latest studies have concluded potion control is good but stagnation will do more harm.
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