Behind China’s move to block Masood Azhar’s listing, a strategic reason

A number of reasons, including the role Pakistan plays in China’s ties with the Muslim world and a sense of alarm that listing Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar will have spillover security problems in Xinjiang, could have played a role in Beijing blocking the move to list Azhar as a global terrorist in the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday.

As it readies a defence to explain its move later today, Beijing is likely to cite India’s failure to provide “updated materials” on Azhar as the reason for blocking the fresh move. It is, however, clear that strategic reasons were a crucial factor in the decision.

Not the least would have been to ensure that Pakistan isn’t isolated in the international community – “iron brother” Beijing stands by Islamabad through the thick of global pressure to act on the JeM and Azhar. Read More

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