China ready for consultation with India over UNSC reform seat

China said it understands India`s "aspirations" to play a bigger role in the UN and is ready to discuss over reforms.

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2010, 19:30 PM IST

Beijing: Sounding positive to US President Barack Obama`s endorsement of India`s bid for permanent seat
in the UNSC, China on Tuesday said it understands New Delhi`s
"aspirations" to play a bigger role in the UN and is ready for
consultations with it over reform of the world body.

"China values India`s status in the international affairs
and understands India`s aspirations to play a greater role in
the United Nations and is ready to keep contact and
consultations with India and other member states on the issues
of Security Council reform," Chinese Foreign Ministry
Spokesman, Hong Lei said during a media briefing.

"China supports reasonable and necessary reform of the UN
Security Council and will maintain priority to giving more
representation to developing countries at UNSC so that they
can play bigger role in Security Council," Hong said.

He said China wants democratic and patient consultations
over the issue.

"We hope all parties should continue to have democratic
and patient consultations so as to reach a package of
consensus on reform related issues so that negations will
become a process to narrow differences, safeguard unity and
realise a win-win scenario," he said.

Asked about Obama`s assertion that US would also support
India`s membership for Nuclear Suppliers` Group (NSG), Missile
Technology Control Regime, the Australian Group and the
Wassenaar Arrangement, Hong said all countries should respect
their international obligation of non-proliferation.

"China believes that countries under the precondition of
respecting the international obligation of non proliferation
have the right to make peaceful use of nuclear energy and
conduct international cooperation in this field. Meanwhile it
should safeguard the integrity and effectiveness of the
international non proliferation regime," he said.

"We hope that cooperation between relevant countries could
contribute to regional peace stability and development."

The issue of India`s permanent membership to the UNSC has
always figured high in the talks between Indian and Chinese
leaders.

The issue was raised during President Pratibha Patil`s
visit to Beijing this year as well as External Affairs
Minister S M Krishna`s visit earlier.

"China understands India`s aspirations at the UN" was the
standard phrase it came up with during the talks sounding
cautious and ambivalent on the complex UNSC reform process.

China has also voted for India`s candidature to the
non-permanent seat at the UNSC.

Obama`s endorsement of India`s membership leaves only
China to take a stand on the issue as the other four of the
five permanent members -- US, Russia, Britain and France --
have already conveyed their support for New Delhi`s elevation
to the top organ of the world body.

PTI