Why Is China Protecting Masood Azhar, the Man Behind Current India-Pakistan Tensions?

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Why Is China Protecting Masood Azhar, the Man Behind Current India-Pakistan Tensions?

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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n April 2018, after the historic meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, Asian politics seemed to be taking a positive turn. “At the Wuhan summit, Xi and Modi have agreed that India and China will do a joint project in Afghanistan. Here is yet another example of two Asian countries working together to help another Asian country. So, I think the future is bright as far as this aspect is concerned,” Gautam Bambawale, India’s ambassador to China had said after the summit.

This move of Asia’s two tall leaders coming together and having a dialogue for hours to resolve bilateral issues and regional complications was lauded by many in the South East Asia region. However, this informal summit turned out to be nothing more than a photo-op.  

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