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Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on October 30, 2017

Q: The technical hold China placed on August 2 on the application to the 1267 Committee to list Masood Azhar will expire on November 2. Whether China will approve or block the application? What’s China’s position on the matter? Has that changed since three month ago?

A: We have elaborated on China’s position many times at request.

The relevant Security Council resolutions have clear stipulations on the mandate of the 1267 Committee and explicit requirements for the listing criteria of terrorist organizations or individuals. China always maintains that on the listing matter, the 1267 Committee shall uphold the principle of objectivity, impartiality and professionalism and make its decisions by borad consensus among its members on the basis of solid evidence.

As for the listing application raised by the relevant country, there are different views within the 1267 Committee. China proposed the technical hold so that more time was given to the Committee for deliberations and to all relevant parties for further consultations. Regrettably however, the Committee has yet to reach a consensus. The action we took at the 1267 Committee, which was meant to uphold the authority and validity of the Committee, accorded with the resolutions of the Security Council and the rules of procedure of the Committee and showcased a responsible attitude. China would remain in communication and coordination with all relevant parties in line with the resolutions of the Security Council and the rules of procedure of the 1267 Committee.

Follow-up: Why is China the only country putting a technical hold? Does China have its own personal interests in defending Pakistan?

A: I can understand why you asked this question, but I cannot agree with what you said in it. China has been objective and impartial on the counter-terrorism issue, making its judgments and decisions on the merits of the matter per se. Pakistan is a victim of terrorism. We support Pakistan in carrying out counter-terrorism actions based on its own national conditions. Also, China has been advocating greater international cooperation to address the threats of terrorism and maintain regional and international peace and security.

Like what I just said, the relevant Security Council resolutions have clear stipulations on the mandate of the 1267 Committee and explicit requirements for the listing criteria of terrorist organizations or individuals. In light of an absence of consensus on this matter within the 1267 Committee, China acted to protect the authority and validity of the Committee, which met the rules of procedure of the Committee and just best showcased our sense of responsibility. We would remain in communication and coordination with all relevant parties in line with the resolutions of the Security Council and the rules of procedure of the 1267 Committee.

 

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