India looks to corner China on Jaish chief Masood Azhar at RIC trilateral

(From Time of India)

As Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval look to meet their Chinese counterparts next week, India has mounted a diplomatic offensive to corner Beijing for its decision to again block a UN ban on Pathankot attack accused and chief of the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad Masood Azhar.

Maulana Masood Azhar

Maulana Masood Azhar

Official sources said the issue of Azhar will dominate the agenda of meetings which Swaraj and Doval will have with Chinese leaders next week.

While Swaraj is expected to have a bilateral meeting with her counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of RIC trilateral in Moscow on April 18, Doval will meet state councilor Yang Jiechi in Beijing three days later.

While India had taken up the Azhar issue with China at a fairly high level, in the absence of any response from Beijing, the government is looking to Swaraj and Doval to convince the Chinese that their intransigence on Azhar would hurt attempts by the international community to fight terrorism. Read More

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