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India signaled China to resolve differences listing Masood Azhar as a global terrorist

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Beijing. India on Monday signaled its urgency to resolve differences with China on listing Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, to substantiate the “Wuhan spirit,” emerging from last year’s informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping in the central China city.

In his opening remarks during “bilateral consultations,” visiting foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale who arrived in Beijing on April 21 said that India and China should remain “sensitive to each other’s concerns”.

During talks with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Gokhale stressed that India “will work together with the Chinese side to deepen mutual understanding, strengthen mutual trust to implement the decisions taken by our leaders and do it in a manner where we are sensitive to each other’s concerns”.

Strategic analyst and political commentator Rajeev Sharma had tweeted, Foreign Secretary’s China visit on Masood Azhar issue: “We have shared with China all evidences of terrorist activities of Masood Azhar. It is now for the 1267 Sanctions Committee and other authorized bodies of the UN to take a decision on the listing of Masood Azhar.”

Analysts say that despite the “re-rest” achieved in ties during the Wuhan informal summit, the two countries have so far sharply diverged on designating Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

Azhar’s designation was highlighted across the globe when China placed a “technical hold” on listing the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) as a global terrorist following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

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