Checks, no balance – China blocked India’s proposals to list terrorists on the UNSC 1267 | 21st October 2022 | UPSC Daily Editorial Analysis

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What's the article about?

  • China blocked the joint request of India & USA to list Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commanders on designate in the UNSC 1267 terror list once again.


  • GS2: IR- Important International Institutions, agencies and fora – their Structure, Mandate;
  • GS3: Internal Security- Security Challenges and their Management in Border Areas – Linkages of Organized Crime with Terrorism.

What's the crux of the article?

  • Since June this year, China has blocked 5 such proposals.
  • This has been termed as “political bias” towards Pakistan to stymie the process.
  • All these individuals are as designated terrorists in India’s Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act terror list.

What can India do about it?

  • abandon the effort until China can be persuaded to change its stance
  • continue to bring terror listing proposals to and if China blocks them again, show them in badlight as irresponsible permanent member
  • open a diplomatic channel with China that focuses on the issue of global cooperation on terrorism.
    • For ex, India was successful in convincing China to add Pakistan to the FATF's Grey List.

What is the UNSC 1267 committee?

  • set up in 1999; now known as the Da’esh and Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee
  • Members: all permanent and non-permanent members of the UNSC
  • It list of terrorists is a global list, with a UNSC stamp

Way Forward:

  • India must consider all its options with China to ensure justice for all the victims of the cross-border terrorism that has exacted a deep and lasting toll on the country.

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