Beijing, April 18 -- China on Wednesday said the issue of designating Pakistanbased Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN was moving towards a "settlement", and asked the US not to push through a resolution to list him at the UN Security Council.

The foreign ministry also rejected reports that the US, the UK and France had asked China to lift its "technical hold" on the listing of Azhar as a terrorist at the UN's Islamic State and al-Qaeda Sanction Committee by April 23, failing which the three nations will formally move the resolution for discussion, voting and passage at the UNSC.

"On the issue of the listing of Masood Azhar, China's position remains unchanged. We are also having communication with relevant...