Conflict & Justice

China stymies India's efforts to curb Pakistani terror groups


Ethnic Uighur women shop in the market in the old city of Kashgar in China's Xinjiang region on July 10, 2009. With a boom that has failed to share the wealth, cultural misunderstandings and historical resentment, the anger of Xinjiang's Uighur Muslims is deep-set.



In the first discussions on counterterrorism strategy in three years, India failed to convince China to cooperate with moves to rein in Pakistan-based terror groups or to investigate allegations that Chinese suppliers are arming rebel groups in India's northeast, the Indian Express reports.

Describing the behind-closed-doors counterterrorism talks held this July, the paper said:

Not only did China bluntly refuse to re-examine its objection in the UN to proscribing the Jaish-e-Mohammed’s Maulana Masood Azhar and two prominent Lashkar-e-Toiba faces, but also firmly rejected looking into details of Chinese arms suppliers provided by Anthony Shimray of the NSCN (IM).

Citing "reliable sources," the paper said that while the Indian side presented detailed information on each of the three Pakistan-based terror figures, Chinese officials insisted the information was still insufficient,.

Apparently, the recent statements by local Xinjiang officials that Pakistan-based groups are contributing to unrest among the Uyghurs have not found many takers in the higher echelons of power.