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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang.AFPGREG BAKER  

China on Monday gave no indication that it is likely to change its stand on Masood Azhar in the UN committee that meets on Wednesday to vote on designating head of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) group as an international terrorist.

In response to a question on Beijing’s position in the upcoming March 13 meeting of the UN Security Council’s 1267 committee, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang stuck to the position that the security council, as the “main body” of the UN system does not take its decisions superficially. He also signalled that that the die had not been cast on Azhar’s designation just yet.

China has on three occasions placed a “technical hold” on Azhar’s designation as a global terrorist in the 1267 committee. Yet another attempt on the JeM chief’s designation, led by the United States, France and Britain, has begun following the February 14 Pulwama attack. Mr. Lu hinted that China favoured detailed deliberations on the issue of designation. “Only decisions made through responsible and serious discussions are the way to solve problems sustainably,” he observed.

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