China upgrades Mission in India

China upgrades its mission in India to the level it maintains in P5 countries.

Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 19:45 PM IST

Swati Chaturvedi

New Delhi: In a very significant strategic as well as diplomatic development, China on Monday upgraded its Ambassador to India Zhang Yan to the rank of Vice-Minister in the Chinese government.

Clearly, China upgrading its mission in India to the level it maintains in P5 countries on a day when visiting US President Barack Obama backed India’s bid for a permanent seat in the UNSC appears to be more than a mere coincidence.

The P5 or the Permanent 5 is the exclusive club of world’s most powerful countries – USA, United Kingdom, China, France and Russia - who are also permanent members of United Nations Security Council.

As Vice-Minister the Ambassador will be reporting to the Chinese government on India’s reaction to all major issues, including currency movement.

The upgrade, confirmed exclusively to Zee News by a spokesman of the Chinese embassy, suggests that India has moved up in China’s global pecking order and also points to the keenness of the Dragon to deepen its engagement with its neighbour - at a time when the region’s geo-politics is undergoing rapid changes.

The development significantly came on a day when, while addressing the Indian Parliament, US President Barack Obama announced support for India`s quest for permanent membership in a "reformed" UN Security Council (UNSC) "in the years ahead".