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China's opposition to UN sanctions on JeM chief run counter to mutual goals, says US

China's opposition to designating Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masoon Azhar as an international terrorist by the United Nations runs counter to the mutual goal with the US of regional stability, according to a State Department official.
By Arul Louis Mar 13, 2019
China's opposition to designating Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masoon Azhar as an international terrorist by the United Nations runs counter to the mutual goal with the US of regional stability, according to a State Department official. As the founder and leader of JeM, Azhar “meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations” as a global terrorist subject to its sanctions, Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino said on Tuesday.
 
He leads the JeM, which has been designated by the UN as a terrorist organisation and “has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace”, Palladino said during a news briefing in Washington. China has placed Azhar under its protection and vetoed moves to declare him a global terrorist that would put subject him UN sanctions.
 
“The United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and ... a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal”, Palladino added.
 
After the Pulwama suicide car-bombing by JeM that killed more than 45 Central Reserve Police Force personnel on February 14, France is spearheading a renewed effort with British and US backing to put sanctions on him.
 
About these efforts, Palladino said, “The United States and India work closely together on counter-terrorism efforts, and that includes at the United Nations”.

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