Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference on March 14, 2019
Q: Yesterday China put on a technical hold in the 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council on the listing of Masood. Can you give us a reason why China for the fourth time has resorted to such a move?
A: The 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council has clear criteria for the procedures to list terrorist organizations or individuals. China is conducting a comprehensive and in-depth review on the listing request put forth by the relevant countries. We still need more time and that is why we decided to put a technical hold on it. It complies with the rules of procedure of the 1267 Committee. We hope that relevant actions taken by the 1267 Committee will help countries concerned to settle their issues through dialogue and consultation and avoid adding more complex factors to regional peace and stability. China will continue its communication and coordination with all relevant parties in a constructive and responsible way to properly settle this issue.
Follow-up: Considering the earlier three times, this time it is different because it happened after the Wuhan Summit between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After the Wuhan Summit, there were great expectations for friendly relations between the two countries. How could this be seen by India because there is a great deal of concern about China repeatedly blocking this?
A: Since last year, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi have held four meetings. After the Wuhan Summit, China-India relations did register notable improvement and development. Upholding such sincerity and based on the important consensus reached by the two leaders, China would like to work with India to advance and deepen China-India relations. It serves the common interests of the two sides.
By putting a technical hold on the listing of Masood at the 1267 Committee, China aims to get more time for the Committee to review this issue and for all parties to engage in consultations and create a favorable atmosphere. In the long run, it will help ease tension and maintain stability in the region. If this issue is to be resolved fundamentally and in a sustainable way, we need a solution agreed by all. China will continue to step up communication and coordination with all relevant parties including India to properly settle this issue.
Q: The youngster who carried out the Pulwama attack was born and raised in Kashmir and he was subject to torture while detained by Indian troops. Kashmir is a disputed territory under UN resolution and the people of Kashmir have been granted their right to self-determination and they are fighting for that. Moreover, according to media reports, the Indian opposition leaders have accused Indian ruling party to play up this Pulwama issue and escalate tension with Pakistan just to take a political mileage in the forthcoming general election. What is your comment?
A: China’s position on Kashmir is consistent. It is a issue left over from the past between Pakistan and India. China hopes the two sides can properly settle this issue and relevant issues through friendly consultation.