CHINA’S TECHNICAL HOLD…?

China’s move to yet again extend by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK-backed proposal to list JeM chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist by the UN is least surprising for India. The reason is quite simple that the approach of the dragon during the past few years is self explanatory especially when it comes to its relations with India. Despite feeling the heat of rising terror in its Xinjiang province it tries to leave no stone unturned in proving that it unconditionally supports the terror organizations and the terrorists working 24X7 against India in synchronization with Pakistan which has virtually gifted the substantial portion of PoK to it. China has been repeatedly blocking the moves to declare Azhar as a global terrorist on the pretext of technical issue. If China would not have extended the technical hold, Azhar would have automatically been designated under the UN as a terrorist. A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, Beijing has repeatedly blocked India’s move to put a ban on the Jaish-e-Mohammed leader under the AlQaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. Last year in March, China was the sole member in the 15- nation UN organ to put a hold on India’s application with all other 14 members of the Council supporting New Delhi’s bid to place Azhar on the 1267 sanctions list that would subject him to an assets freeze and travel ban. Thereafter it has been extending its hold from time to time and the latest being today’s extension. While the vibrant Indian PM has been vociferous on two main fronts namely economy and establishing global peace during his visits to various parts of the world it is unfortunate to find the Indian neighbours namely China and Pakistan uncomfortable with the Indian surge at fast pace at the international as well as at the regional level. The recent Chinese incursions and the Doklam are part of the Dragon’s war against India on the territorial as well as economic front. This stance of China though not astonishing yet is quite unfortunate and moreover it could turn out to be disastrous for China itself in the long run with its Xinjiang province having already become a breeding ground for terrorism and terrorists. It is a fact that both India as well as China are not only the emerging powers of Asian region but that of the whole world. In such a situation these nations figuring among the top two nations of the world so far as the population count is concerned have no option other than addressing all their outstanding issues on security especially the border dispute as that would automatically lead to acceleration towards opening of trade between these two nations ultimately beneficial for both. Therefore Chinese unwanted move against India especially viz-a-viz terrorism and terrorists cannot be termed as a wise decision as it is a matter of humanity and today no nation can afford to support the terror organizations overtly or covertly. For India the pursuit of terrorism is not a one-shot affair and it will continue to pursue issues of terrorism through all available mechanisms at every level and with all the stakeholders across the globe. While India continues to persistently persuade the Chinese to change their stand on this vital issue, it is for China to realize the gravity of situation in its own interest. The earlier it does the better it would be.