India is attempting to cut a deal with China in return for the UN Security Council naming Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist.
India has turned to a transactional approach after its appeal on moral and ethical grounds did not cut ice with Beijing. Sources said the bargain will not be substantial like exchanging land or opening the Indian economy, but will be more on the lines of allowing China to bask in the international spotlight. India’s diplomacy is in a high drive because of a favourable window of opportunity.
France, eyeing more mega defence deals with India, has taken up presidency of UNSC and promised to quarterback the designation of Azhar as an international terrorist. France, along with the US and UK, has moved a fresh proposal to this effect.
Refusing to say what the quid pro quo would be for China to lift its decade-long resistance over Azhar, sources said it would not involve a big giveaway. Giving a recent example, they said the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) put Pakistan on its grey list in October last year after India agreed to meet China’s aspiration for a major post at this body — which monitors the implementation of standards to check money laundering and terrorist financing.