China has made its support to Pakistan very clear today by accusing India of pursuing "political gains in the name of counter-terrorism." The comment has been made in reference to India seeking to ban Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar.
Two days ago China had, once again, blocked India's move to get the United Nations to 'ban' Masood Azhar.
China again choosing to block this move - which would make it practically impossible for Azhar to raise funds or to travel - is being seen in the context of Indo-US military ties strengthening while there is a quick deterioration of Indo-Pak ties since the terror attacks in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir last month.
China is also thinking about the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that's in trouble following security concerns in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. After India retaliated against Pakistan with surgical strikes on terrorist camps in Pakistan, Beijing's response was guarded. But with Saturday's block, China seems to be sending a clear signal about whose side it is on.
"There should be no double standards on counter- terrorism. Nor should one pursue own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism," said China's Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong at a press briefing today, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India this week for the BRICS Summit scheduled to be held October 15-16 in Goa.