Why Is China Stalling American Attempt To Sanction A Terrorist?

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China ChinaChina is blocking America’s efforts to sanction a terrorist. The Pakistan based JeM leader was known to have been instrumental in the 1999 hijack of an Indian Airlines aircraft in Kandahar. The India and the US are both trying to sanction Abdul Rauf Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN Security Council. Azhar is accused of being involved in the 1999 hijacking of an Indian Airlines aircraft in Kandahar, the 2001 attack on the Parliament and the 2016 attack on the IAF base in Pathankot.

China seems to be encouraging terrorist activity and blocking away India’s efforts to curb it as well. This is not the first time that China has done this. This is the second time in less than two months that China has put a hold on a listing by the US and India to blacklist a Pakistan-based terrorist under the sanctions committee of the UN Security Council.

It is going out of its way to defend its claims as to why it wants to block the American and Indian move. Both countries wish to black list the individual, but China says it needs more time to assess the individual. Both the countries wish to designate Azhar (brother of JeM chief Masood Azhar) as a global terrorist and subject him to assets freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo. 

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Beijing wants to use its own guidelines to sanction the individual. The 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council has clear provisions about scheduling and related procedures for designating terrorist organisations and individuals.

According to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, China has always strictly followed the rules and procedures of the committee and in a constructive and responsible manner participated in its work. We hope other members will also do the same,” Wang said in response to questions on Beijing putting a hold on the US and India’s proposal at the United Nations to blacklist Abdul Rauf Azhar. Abdul Rauf Azhar, born in 1974 in Pakistan, was sanctioned by the US in December 2010.

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