While it is the fourth time in ten years that China has stalled such proceedings, India in response to China’s actions late on Wednesday night said that it was “disappointed” by the outcome but would continue to pursue all available avenues.
Apart from the UNSC blacklisting, the United States government, as a part of its 'Rewards for Justice' programme, had also announced a bounty of $1 million for any information that leads to the capture of Hamza Bin Laden.
India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said that by a procedural stratagem, veto has been expanded to all members of subsidiary bodies of the Security Council, rather than being subject to restraints.
The statement is significant because China has singlehandedly blocked the listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” at the UN Security Council Resolution 1267 sanctions committee for the last 10 years.
The recasting of the old, more China-centric term Asia-Pacific into the Indo-Pacific (with the blessings of the United States) is by itself an indication of how India may now see the upcoming contest between Maldives and Indonesia for a seat at the old horseshoe.