#BoycottChineseProducts Trends On Twitter After China's Masood Azhar Move

Jaish-e-Mohammad group chief Maulana Masood Azhar was to be designated as a 'global terrorist'

Jaish-e-Mohammad group chief Maulana Masood Azhar was to be designated as a 'global terrorist'

Though this has not prevented India in the past from publicly identifying China as the obstacle to the listing of Azhar, the Indian reaction to the latest Chinese hold did not take any names.

In 2010, Azhar was blacklisted by the US Treasury Department, which prohibits US citizens from conducting transactions with him and has frozen any assets he holds in the country.

In December 2001, an attack on India's parliament by the group's fighters and those of another Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, almost triggered a fourth war between the neighbors.

India can not have a dialogue with Pakistan unless the neighbouring country takes action against terror groups operating from its soil, External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj has said. "We are ready to engage with Pakistan in an atmosphere free from terror". "I don't know that can be counted as an evidence".

China had shown some flexibility last month on the issue of JeM last month, when it went along with a Council statement condemning in "strongest terms" the Pulwama attack calling it a "heinous and cowardly suicide bombing" and noting that the JeM claimed responsibility for it.

On the other hand, India exports diamonds, copper, cotton and zinc to China.

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Masood Azhar set up JeM after being released by India in 1999. In the dossier that has been submitted to the UNSC, Azhar can be heard talking as the JeM chief.

But China asked for a delay to the penalty, the fourth time it has blocked attempts to designate Masood Azhar a global terrorist.

Had the JeM chief been designated a terrorist by the United Nations body, Azhar would have been subjected to global sanctions that require United Nations member countries to not host, arm or finance him. In 2001, the United Nations designated JeM as an organisation that is associated with Osama bin Laden.

Chinese veto in the United Nations is only a manifestation of the growing relationship between the two.

The Chinese support to Pakistan has been attributed to a host of reasons such as China and Pakistan being "all-weather friends" to Pakistan's support for China within groupings like the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and others like the Non-Aligned Movement where China has no representation. China has even played a crucial role in developing Pakistan's nuclear programme.

To India's dismay, Pakistan has been one of the largest beneficiaries of China's "Belt and Road" initiative, which has seen about $60 billion committed for roads and power plants across the country, giving Beijing access to the Arabian Sea. The signals from Beijing were that they are "consistent" on their position and they wanted a solution "acceptable to all". Even the global support for India post the Pulwama attack as well as its strike on Balakot; couldn't tilt the balance this time.

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