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India To China: Say's 'The Burden Of Proof' Not On Us In Masood Azhar's Case

 2017-02-22 16:16:19.0

India To China: Say

BEIJING: India on Wednesday reminded China of the overwhelming support it had received from international community in combating terrorism and for its nuclear aspirations, as Foreign Secretary S Jayashankar held the first upgraded dialogue.

In a close to seven hours of talks, Jayashankar said that the first strategic dialogue covered the entire breadth of relationship, from working together in Afghanistan to China's investments in India , and wasn't focused on recent irritants that have strained the ties.

India also reminded Chine of its concerns on the resistance it has faced from Beijing both at the United Nations Security Council 1267 Sanctions Committee, where India has been trying to list the Pakistani terrorist Masood Azhar, and at the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG), the elite club of nuclear commerce that India is aspiring to join.

Besides this , Jaishankar's talk with his counterpart, China's Extencive Vice Minister Zhang Yesui, at least four other consultations were held non sidelines where these issues were taken up in detail by officials, focousing on Nucler issues and the UN with an emphasis on counter-terrorism, as well as Afghanistan and bilateral and consular issues.



On Masood Azhar listing, Jaishankar speaking with the Indian media said in Beijing, "Our understanding is there is overwhelming support in the 1267 committee."

"In the case of Masood Azhar, the Jaish itself is proscribed," he added, referring to Azhar's organization, the Jaish-e-Muhammad. "The proof is in the 1267 committee's action itself."

"The burden of proof is not on India," the foreign secretary added.

On the NSG, where China has been the most vocal in raising questions about India's entry as a country that hasn't signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Jaishankar said China had conveyed it had "an open approach on India's membership, but that there were still issues of procedure and processes, which they felt needed further clarification and discussion, so they were not in a position to bring it to a definite conclusion. At the same time, they are maintaining in terms of India's application, they had an open mind on it."

The Foreign Secretary stressed on Wednesday day's dialogue was wide-ranged and far from focused on a handful of specific issues, underlining the increasing breath in what is becoming a relationship with a goal impact.

Talking bout the trade front, India flagged its concerns on market in trade issues for its IT and pharmaceuticals companies in China and the huge imbalance in trade, while both countries reviewed that the status of fast-rising in China investments into India , which officials pointed out increased by seven times last year.

The overall investment last year is still pegged at around $1 billion, far below what both sides agree is the potential given India's appetite for infrastructure projects and the improving investment climate in India, including for Chinese policies and companies.


Breafing the media later ,Jaishankar said the talks were 'useful' in conveying India's concerns and priorities on key issues. "We were equally frank in bringing up problems.We pointed out to them that despite all assurances, the trade picture remained very unsettled, with certain issues for us, and assurances not being translated into policies and practices."

It is a mixed picture," Jaishankar added. "There is a lot we are doing. There is movement on many things, and there isn't on some.

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