Hours before UNSC meeting, China hints it may block move to declare Masood Azhar global terrorist

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BEIJING: Hours before the UN Security Council is to take up a proposal to declare Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist, China on Wednesday once again hinted that it is highly unlikely that Beijing would support the move, saying only “the solution that is acceptable to all sides” can help in resolving this matter.The fate of the resolution to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UNSC will become clear in less than 24 hours after the end of deadline to raise objections to the proposal.France, the UK and the US had moved the proposal to designate Masood Azhar a global terrorist under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UNSC on February 27.”I could reiterate that China will continue to adopt a responsible attitude and participate in the deliberations in the UNSC 1267 Committee,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang was quoted as saying by PTI.It is notable that China is a veto-wielding member of the UNSC and it has earlier used its veto power thrice to block the move by India and other UNSC member nations to designate Azhar. China has been repeatedly saying that the solution to this issue should be acceptable to all.Asked to comment whether the proposal will be discussed on March 13 and Chinese government is in touch with other UNSC member nations on this issue, Lu said, “First I want to clarify that I don’t recall saying anything about the deadline about the UNSC committee and other UN subsidiary bodies”.

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