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After shielding Masood Azhar: Parroting 'peace' won't make China a peacenik ever

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Constantly harping about peace does not work — one has to be faithful to the ideal.

Our shared history has taught us to read between the lines — in statements and intents — when it comes to China. There was a nagging feeling that China would stick to its lines, and that is what exactly happened. Like its all-weather ally and friend Pakistan, China claims that it is against all forms of terrorism and is itself a 'victim' of terror — a Goebbelsian myth that it hopes to establish someday.

It has happened four times now. China has always stalled attempts to corner and marginalise Masood and his sponsor — Pakistan. After the Pulwama outrage, the whole world united in its opinion against Pakistan and JeM, while China hunkered down and tried to downplay the events from day one — starting with its statement 'condemning' the outrage. If you are looking for deeper ties with a neighbouring aspiring-superpower, statecraft would have elicited a more sympathetic outlook.

Masood Azhar: Supported by Pakistan and backed by China? (Photo: AP)

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