A Chinese media’s editorial has dismissed India’s concerns about China’s consistent support to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, by not allowing him to be listed as a terrorist in the UN Security Council (UNSC).
The editorial said it was “irresponsible” to blame China for protecting alleged terrorists. “However, some Indians doubt China’s efforts. Some Indian experts blamed China for ‘continued protection’ of terrorists who were allegedly based in Pakistan and launched the Pulwama terror attack in February. And many Indian analysts regard China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a geopolitical threat,” it said.
“Such irresponsible statements are not supported by facts. Foreign ministers of China, Russia, and India held the 16th trilateral meeting on February 27. During the meeting, they vowed to eradicate breeding grounds of terrorism and extremism. In fact, China, Pakistan, and India share common interests in combating terrorism. It is time for India to stop the groundless accusations,” it said.
While writing about tensions between India and Pakistan it was said that China will not pick sides in the Pakistan-India dispute as its primary aim is to develop the “poor and backward” Kashmir, adding that Beijing is willing to be the mediator to defuse tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi.
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17 November, 2019