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Why China refuses to label JeM’s Masood Azhar as a global terrorist

Updated : March 25, 2019 12:21 PM IST

Diplomatically, China has scored a point (short or long term, one will debate, as Chinese diplomats seem to have softened their official stance with unofficial diplomatic gestures that await visible outcomes), pointed at the international community in general (the US in particular) and India in particular.
It has also proved through an internationally accepted legal norm that it can express its voice of dissent through a 'brahmashtra' called veto power, which it will use at will for even an issue like Azhar.
China knows too well that so-called stringent individual actions by countries like France, which is seen by China as eager to be friendly with India for less non-diplomatic but more business-like (read, defence and non-defence business), will be ineffective.
Why China refuses to label JeM’s Masood Azhar as a global terrorist
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