In a huge development, China on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the Pakistan’s role in coordinated Mumbai terror attacks that took place between November 26 and 29, 2008 that claimed lives of 164 people and left another 308 injured.
In a documentary, Chinese State Television CCTV9 highlighted role of the Lashkar-e-Taiyaba (LeT) and its sponsors in Pakistan in this horrific attack which shook the world.
This policy change by China is noteworthy in the sense that it is taking place on the eve of the expiry of Beijing's decision to place on technical hold the listing of three known LeT/JuD(Jamaat-ud-Dawa) terrorists - Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, Talha Saeed and Hafiz Abdul Rauf, on June 9, 2016.
Listing of these individuals by Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee of UNSC in September 2015, had the support of all members of the global community, except China, which acted on Pakistan's behest.
China is facing worldwide flak over a similar technical hold over the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Hafiz Saeed, even group is listed by United Nations Sanctions Committee.