Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson’s remarks at regular press conference of February 15th, 2019
Q: The terrorist attacks in Kashmir yesterday killed 45 Indian security personnel, one of the worst terrorist attacks in the history of the region. Pakistan’s “Jaish-e-Muhammad” claimed responsibility for the attack. India calls on all other countries to include the organization and its leaders in the UN Security Council’s list of counter-terrorism sanctions. Now, there is a view in India that the Chinese side has not done enough on the issue of Masood’s listing. If India submits its application for listing again this year, will China reconsider?
A: China has noticed relevant reports and was deeply shocked by the attack. It expressed deep sympathy and condolences to the families and injured of the victims. China resolutely opposes and strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms. It hopes that the countries concerned will cooperate to deal with the threat of terrorism and jointly safeguard regional peace and security.
As for the issue of organizations and individuals in the UN Security Council 1267 Committee that you have raised, the 1267 Committee of the Security Council has clear rules on the listing and procedures of terrorist organizations or individuals. The “Jaish-e-Muhammad” who claimed responsibility for the attack has been included in the Security Council’s list of counter-terrorism sanctions. China will continue to handle the issue of listing in a constructive and responsible manner.
Q: Since the meeting between the heads of state of China and India in Wuhan, Sino-Indian relations have improved. Considering the positive progress of China-India relations after the Wuhan meeting, will China’s proposal to adopt a different position from the past this year? Can India expect different results?
A: I have already said about your question. China has always dealt with the issue of listing in a constructive and responsible manner. As a terrorist organization, the “Jaish-e-Muhammad” has been included in the UN Security Council’s list of counter-terrorism sanctions.
As for the issue of the listing of individuals, China has always participated in relevant deliberations in an objective, impartial and professional manner, in accordance with the requirements of relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the rules of procedure of the 1267 Committee. China will continue to do so and will continue to communicate with the parties including India on this issue.
Q: Regarding the issue of listing, does China intend to continue to block the Indian side from listing the head of the “Jaish-e-Muhammad” by virtue of its seat in the UN Security Council?
A: I have already answered this question. The UN Security Council 1267 Committee has clear rules on the listing and procedures of terrorist organizations or individuals. China will continue to handle the issue of listing in a constructive and responsible manner, and is willing to maintain close communication with relevant parties on this issue.
Q: It is understood that the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan is authorized to monitor violations of parties on both sides of the Line of Actual Control line between India and Pakistan in Kashmir. However, the Indian side has not allowed the observation team to operate in India-controlled Kashmir. What is the comment from the Chinese side?
A: China has said many times that Pakistan and India are important countries in South Asia. It is hoped that Pakistan and India will properly resolve related issues through dialogue and consultation. They also hope that relevant countries in the region will cooperate to cope with terrorism and jointly safeguard regional peace and security.