China on Thursday defended its move to block India's demand in the UN to take action against Pakistan for the release of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi saying its stand was based on "facts" and in the spirit of "objectiveness and fairness".
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying was responding to a question on Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking up the issue with Chinese president Xi Jinping during their meeting in the Russian city of Ufa on the sidelines of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summits on Wednesday.
"As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China always deals with the 1267 committee matters based on facts and in the spirit of objectiveness and fairness," Hua told reporters in Beijing.
Terming Modi-Xi talks as "constructive and inclusive", she said China has maintained good communication with India and other parties on the Lakhvi issue.
The Chinese official media did not report about PM Modi expressing disappointment to president Xi for blocking New Delhi's demand at the United Nations asking for action against Pakistan over the release of Lakhvi.
A Thursday morning report on the meeting by Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, omitted the discussion between the two leaders on Pakistan's release of Lakhvi, and did not say anything about how Xi responded to Modi's complaint.
About India's concerns over terrorism, Hua said, "I can tell you that both India and China are victims of terrorism. China opposes to all forms of terrorism and supports the UN playing the leading role in coordinating international cooperation on anti-terrorism. China has actively taken part in global cooperation."
At a meeting of the UN Sanctions Committee last month, India had sought action against Pakistan for release of Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Lakhvi in the 26/11 trial in violation of a UN resolution but the Chinese representatives blocked the move on grounds that New Delhi did not provide sufficient information.
Thursday's replies by Hua were little more elaborate than the Chinese foreign ministry's earlier replies on the issue.
On July 2, answering questions on the technical hold put by China on the Lakhvi issue in UN, deputy director general of the Asian affairs department of Chinese foreign ministry Huang Xilian said the issue should be discussed in the India-China joint mechanism on terrorism between the two countries.
"We have a mechanism of counter-terrorism consultation between the two ministries" in which it can be discussed, he had said.
However, in his briefing after Modi-Xi talks on Wednesday night, foreign secretary S Jaishankar said, "The MEA can discuss with the embassy (Chinese). There is a range of mechanisms."
The Prime Minister while conveying his concerns to Xi told him how the people of India viewed the Chinese action, he said.
China also had put a technical hold earlier on India's demand for UN Security Council to take action against Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and LeT leader Hafeez Sayed citing rules the UNSC resolution 1267.
In a letter to the current Chair of the UN Sanctions Committee Jim McLay, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Mukherjee had said Lakhvi's release by a Pakistani court was in violation of the 1267 UN resolution dealing with designated entities and individuals.