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China blocks move on JeM boss: 20 years ago, George Fernandes called Beijing India's threat no. 1

China blocks move on JeM boss: 20 years ago, George Fernandes called Beijing India's threat no. 1
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By CNBC-TV18 Mar 14, 2019 3:09:43 PM IST (Published)

China has, yet again, put a technical hold on a proposal to declare Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist.

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This was the fourth time that the proposal for listing Azhar as a global terrorist came up in the United Nations. India had proposed a similar move in 2009 and in 2016. In 2017, P3 nations moved a similar proposal again.
China has been consistently blocking India, US, UK and France's efforts to list Azhar as a global terrorist since 2016.
China's recent move to block bid Azhar a global terrorist comes soon after it backed UN security council in February in calling upon all countries to help India in fighting terrorism in the wake of the Pulwama attack that killed over 40 troops in Kashmir. JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack.
So why is China again blocking the proposal? This is a question that is arising in several minds, however, there is no concrete answer to this at the moment.
But did you know that late Defence Minister George Fernandes had declared China as a "potential threat number one" to India way back in 1998?
Fernandes, in a 1998 TV interview with Home TV, as quoted by PTI, had said that the potential threat from China was greater than that from Pakistan and "any person who is concerned about India's security must agree with that fact".
Asked if New Delhi had come to underplay or even ignore the potential threat from China, he had said, "I think there is a reluctance to face the reality that China's intentions need to be questioned."
"This is where our country has made mistakes in the past. We made those mistakes in the early 50s. We paid the price in the 60s. And I think things have not changed," he had said.
On a question about Chinese military and naval activity around India, Fernandes had said China provided Pakistan with both, missile as well as nuclear know-how.
Fernandes concerns reckon today, as the two highly nuclear-powered countries — India and Pakistan — are on the brink of escalating further tensions.
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