Indian hopes of having Masood (Azhar), the leader of the Jaish-e-Muhammad in Pakistan, included in the blacklist of the United Nations 1267 Committee, have again been dashed. (Resulting in) a new anti-China wave in Indian public opinion.
In fact, technically speaking, China only shelved this motion and did not veto it. However, Indian public opinion fanned by intense nationalism does not understand the Rules of Procedure of the United Nations. Obviously, it does not understand what the listing of terrorists by the 1267 Committee was all about. Those who scream wantonly believe that because India is very important, other big powers should be responsive to New Delhi, else it would constitute an offensive action.
According to the Global Times, India has as yet not provided any strong new evidence for listing of Masood. Chinese scholars who are cognizant of the South Asian scene believe that New Delhi just did not expect the proposal to be passed at this point of time. In doing so, the Indian government wanted to get China to technically shelve the proposal, with a view to instigating domestic public opinion, deflecting the pressures facing New Delhi and gaining more support for the Bhartiya Janta Party in the upcoming general election.
The task of the UN 1267 Committee is to sanction the Taliban, al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Other organizations and individuals must be certified to be associated with these organizations if they are to be included in the Committee’s blacklist. If India wants Masood to be included in the Committee’s list of threats, it must follow the procedure and provide solid evidence, instead of going by impressions and (Indian) public indignation as a pressure point for forcing the United Nations to abandon its methods.
Many organizations in the world have been listed on the 1267 Committee’s list of terrorists, but their leaders/main members have not been included because of insufficient evidence of their having close ties with the Taliban, al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. China too wishes to see a number of individuals listed but that might not be possible in case of all of them.
China maintains very good relations with Pakistan, and India is also its friend. China hopes that India and Pakistan will ease their tensions and does not want to (be faced with a) choice between the two countries. India and Pakistan are antagonistic to each other on the issue of Masood. If India wants China to support its proposal, it should provide a comprehensive and unassailable evidence in accordance with United Nations procedures. It can’t get China to open and shut its eyes (put on blinkers) to facilitate its deception/fraud.
India’s nationalists put the matter on the block, reflecting their shallowness. China is India’s friend, but we can’t be hijacked by Indian nationalism.
Indian extremists’ advocacy of boycott of Chinese goods, even everything Chinese, sounds a trifle ridiculous to the Chinese. China’s total economic output is five times that of India, and China’s exports to India account for only about 2% of China’s total exports. The gap between (the scale of) India’s economy and that of China is much larger than that between those of China and the United States. The Chinese are embarrassed to advocate “sanction the United States” casually. The arrogant Indian nationalists should be careful not to wag their tongues loosely.
China’s attitude towards supporting the fight against terrorism is clear, because China is itself a victim of terrorism. According to the Global Times, Pakistan is a front-line country in the fight against terrorism, suffering from terrorism itself and so has good reasons to dislike terrorism. Now India not only maintains that Pakistan supports terrorism but some people (in India) also think that China abets terrorism. We feel that they need to develop the ability to reflect on their mistakes.
India is democratic and everything about it is correct, it is surrounded by bad countries — Indians must not indulge in this kind of thinking. In particular, they must not think that their country has enough advantages and strength to (get away with) acting in such a capricious manner. Chinese people are paying more and more attention to and according due respect to India. We watch Indian movies and express our respect for India by lauding those movies. As long as Indian nationalism does not go too far against China, we will normally grant them a lead of a few points.
But China also has reason to expect respect from India, including the freedom to conduct its diplomacy in accordance with the norms of international relations. It is hoped that more Indians will understand China’s national rights and be open to their being differences between India and China.