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Congress blames Modi for China's veto on Masood

Agency | March 14, 2019 04:02 PM

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Thursday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modis foreign policy vis-a-vis China yet again blocking the bid to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

With China for the fourth time putting on hold the proposal against Azhar in the UN Security Council, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said it was a major setback for the global fight against terrorism and "reaffirms Chinese position of being an inseparable ally of terrorism's breeding ground Pakistan".

"The present situation also arises out of failure of a weak-kneed Modi government, bending over backwards before China over last 5 years, which has culminated into the present state of things where the Chinese have blocked Masood Azhar's declaration as an 'international terrorist', without any reason and only to please its ally Pakistan.

"Will Modi answer to the nation as to why he became 'Maun Modi' (silent) as India's interests were repeatedly compromised?" asked Surjewala, questioning the Prime Minister's silence on China building a full-fledged military complex in Doklam, near the Indian Army posts.

"China intruded into the Siliguri Corridor through South Doklam, it built China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) worth $54 billion connecting Gwadar Port in the Arabian Sea to China with a base for Chinese submarines.

"China conducts mining on Arunachal border and attempts to build tunnels, it upgrades air base near Sikkim, blocks India's membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group asking for parity with rogue Pakistan. But our Prime Minister continues to maintain a stoic silence," added Surjewala.

Earlier, Congress President Rahul Gandhi called Modi "weak" and "scared" of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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