China defends blocking India’s UN bid to ban Jasih chief Azhar Masood

China today defended its decision to once again block India's bid at the UN to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, saying that it acts on such issues based on facts and rules in an "objective and just manner".
China defends blocking India’s UN bid to ban Jasih chief Azhar Masood

China today defended its decision to once again block India's bid at the UN to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, saying that it acts on such issues based on facts and rules in an "objective and just manner".

Asked about China's reported last minute move putting a technical hold on India's submission which Indian officials say was armed with strong evidence of the JeM's activities and its role in the Pathankot attack, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said here that China "supports UN playing a central and coordinating role in international cooperation against terrorism".

"We always deal with the listing issue (banning militant groups and their leaders) under the UN Security Council committee established under resolution 1267 based on facts and relevant rules of procedures in an objective and just manner," he said.

"The Chinese side has always been in communication with relevant parties on the listing issue," he said hinting that China is also in touch with India on the issue.

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