Terrorist threat is on the rise, Chinese President Xi Jinping said and advocated China-US cooperation for promoting peace and stability in the world. “The terrorist threat is on the rise,” Xi told reporters at a joint media appearance with his US counterpart Barack Obama. He said the US and China have growing responsibilities for promoting peace and stability in the world. “As the largest developing country and the largest developed country, and also as the world’s top two economies, China and the United States have growing responsibilities for promoting world peace, stability and prosperity. There are wide areas where we should and we can work with each other,” the Chinese President said with Obama standing by his side.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Xi’s comments came ironically on the day on which his country blocked India’s bid at the UN to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar, the mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack. Welcoming Xi to Washington to attend the two-day Nuclear Security Summit, Obama said he looks forward to working with his Chinese counterpart on global economy. “As the world s two largest economies, we have a special obligation to find cooperative measures that we can take to expand growth and global demand,” he said. Obama said during their meeting, they would have “candid exchange” about areas where they have significant differences — issues like human rights, cyber and maritime issues. China did not give any reason on their move in their written communication which just says that they want to put a hold on India’s proposition. The US, UK and France had strongly supported the move and the other nations had also expressed their consent to proceed with the action on Azhar. But China, one of the five permanent members of the UN group with veto powers, collaborated with Pakistan to block the bid, sources add. China is now the only country that has stood up for Masood Azhar more than once. Ahead of the Nuclear Summit 2016, India had expressed its desire to ensure that Azhar was proscribed by the UN.“As regards the attack by JeM, we assure you that we will pursue the cause for justice. It is not a cause that we will leave or have forgotten about. I can assure you that we are proceeding with our efforts to ensure that this organisation which is already proscribed by the UN also has its leaders proscribed and that is the primary effort right now,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, told ANI.Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Joint Investigating Team (JIT) that is probing the Pathankot attack reportedly told Indian officials that it is yet to find evidence to link Azhar to the terror attack. The Indian investigators had asked the JIT for the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief’s voice samples but were told that Azhar’s role in the incident is still being verified. India has in the past said Azhar and his brother Abdul Asghar Rauf were directly linked to the attack, which was planned at the JeM headquarters in Bahawalpur.With inputs from agencies

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Irony alert: After blocking India’s attempt to ban JEM chief Masood Azhar, China talks about rising terrorist threat