Using the fight against terror for political gains, which is observed in some countries,can be counter-productive. Apparently in reference to New Delhiâ€™s high-profile Pakistan-centric anti-terrorism campaign, Chinese vice-foreign minister Li Baodong, during a press-meet on President Xi Jinpingâ€™s upcoming visit to India for the 8th Brics summit scheduled to be held in Goa from October 15-17, said that no country should have double standards on terrorism or use it for political gains.
Counter-terrorism would be an important area of cooperation among BRICS on political security, think political observers. Li, of course, made no reference to the fact that China has just extended its â€œtechnical holdâ€ against New Delhiâ€™s appeal to the United Nations to label Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a terrorist.
In April, China in collaboration with Pakistan had blocked Indiaâ€™s bid to ban Azhar, named by India as the mastermind behind the Pathankot Indian air base attack in January.
However, China continuing to block Indiaâ€™s move – which would pretty much cripple Azhar’s ability to raise funds or to travel – comes in the context of Indo-US military ties strengthening and even as there is a rapid deterioration of Indo-Pak ties since the terror attacks in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir last month.
After India retaliated against Pakistan with â€˜surgical strikesâ€™ on terrorist camps in Pakistan, Beijing’s response was guarded. But with the â€˜technical holdâ€™, China appears to be sending a clear signal about whose side it is on.
Earlier, on the issue of India’s membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) – another move Beijing blocked earlier this year – China’s foreign minister recently reiterated that there was need to build consensus over the admission of new members to the 48-member Group.
After the Chinese move regarding Azhar, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) threatened China to choose one between India and Pakistan.
However, on the sidelines of the summit, India will separately raise the Azharissue before the BRICS-BIMSTEC countries and would try toutilize the platforms to gain support from the global community against Pakistan.
BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) leaders’ meeting in Goa will be followed by a summit between the five members and regional countries, in keeping with the recent practice of reaching out to host countries’ neighbourhoods.Pakistan will be the only country from South Asia kept out of the summit, with India instead inviting heads of the BIMSTEC grouping (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) comprising Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal, as well as leaders from Afghanistan and the Maldives.