Hours after the terrorist attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the governments of several countries came out in outright condemnation of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the terror group which has claimed responsibility for the strike that left 40 CRPF personnel dead.
But, it took the China government over a day to join in the condemnation, even as the world waited for their response. The Chinese foreign spokesperson Geng Shuang, finally, on Friday said that it “condemned all forms of terrorism” and that “it hoped relevant regional countries will cooperate to cope with the threat of terrorism and jointly uphold regional peace and stability.”
However, despite calling for global cooperation in anti-terrorism efforts, the Xi Jinping government yet again declined to change their stand on Jaish founder Masood Azhar’s designation as a global terrorist under United Nations Sanctions.
“JeM as an organisation has been included in the sanctions list of the Security Council. As to the listing of an individual, we have always upheld an earnest, responsible and professional manner. We always acted in accordance with the requirement of the situation. We will continue to maintain close communication with India and relevant parties on this issue,” Shuang further said.
“China has noted the reports of suicide terrorist attack. We are deeply shocked by this attack. We express deep condolences and sympathy to the injured and bereaved families,” spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang told a media briefing in Beijing.
“We firmly oppose and strongly condemn all forms of terrorism. We hope relevant regional countries will cooperate to cope with the threat of terrorism and jointly uphold regional peace and stability,” Geng said. When asked about China’s stand on the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council, he avoided a direct response.
China, a veto-wielding member of the UNSC and a close ally of Pakistan, has repeatedly foiled India’s bid to list Azhar as a global terrorist, saying there is no consensus in the top organ of the world body on this issue.