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Why China won’t call JeM terrorists?

Why China won’t call JeM terrorists?Why has China consistently refused to categorize Kashmiri militant Masood Azharand his group, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), as terrorists? Writing in Foreign Policy, Yelena Biberman and Jared Schwartz offer a plausible theory:China and Pakistan are facing a delicate balancing act. They both want to push the Taliban to engage with Kabul. But the Taliban, which have extensive ties to groups such as JeM, can generate instability in the region through operations similar to the February 14 attack in response to pressure.China and Pakistan, in order to protect the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), must simultaneously remain on the militant groups’ good side and cajole the Taliban. The potential costs of failure, such as regional chaos and lost investment, are high. But the potential benefits of success — snatching Afghanistan from India while building a massive economic corridor with security benefits likely to follow — are highly alluring.

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Clingendael Institute: Silk Road Headlines

Silk Road Headlines3 April 2019Chinese  cargo in Port of Rotterdam - Source:Frans Berkelaar /flickrLuxembourg has joined the Belt and Road Initiative. On 27 March 2019, Prime Minister Bettel of Luxembourg was in Beijing to witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on BRI cooperation [Luxembourg Signs Accord With China on Belt and Road Initiative]. This took place only four days after Italy signed a similar document. The Italian move attracted widespread attention, was called a ‘landmark accord’ by Bloomberg, and was openly criticised by the United States. Many commentators noted that this was the first time a member of the G7 and a founding member of the European Union joined BRI. The New York Times stated that Italy joining BRI was ‘a move that signaled geopolitical shifts from West to East’ [Italy’s Deal With China Signals a Shift as U.S. Influence Recedes].In contrast, very few international media even mentioned the agreement between Luxemburg and China. Of course Luxemb…