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After being the sole nation blocking India’s bid for a United Nations ban on Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, China on Monday said that no one should pursue ‘political gains in the name of counter-terrorism’.

Briefing media before the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s to India from October 13 – 17 to take part in the BRICS Summit in Goa, China’s Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong, however, added: “China is opposed to all forms of terrorism”.

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In a veiled reference to India, replying to a question on criticism about China’s move to stall India’s bid for a UN ban on Azhar, Li said: “There should be no double standards on counter-terrorism. Nor should one pursue own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism.”