China warms up to India’s bid for UNSC seat
China said it supported "rational" and "necessary" reform in the powerful UN body with increased representation for developing countries.
Beijing: Describing India as a "large
developing country" with aspiration to play a bigger role in
the Security Council, China on Monday said it supported "rational"
and "necessary" reform in the powerful UN body with increased
representation for developing countries.
Reacting cautiously to assertions of the India`s envoy
to UN, Hardeep Singh Puri`s remarks that China would not be an
obstacle to Indian becoming a permanent member of the UNSC,
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Hong Lei said Beijing
understands and supports New Delhi’s desire to play a bigger
role in the UN, including the UNSC.
"China had always attached importance to India`s role
in international affairs either as an emerging economy or a
large developing country," state-run Xinhua news agency quoted
Hong as saying while responding to Puri’s remarks.
"China understands and supports India`s desire to play
a bigger role in the United Nations, including its Security
Council," he said.
"We support rational and necessary reform of the UNSC,
and increasing the representation of developing countries at
the UNSC should be a priority," said the Chinese Foreign
"China is ready to keep contacts and consultations
with the UN member states, including India, on the reform of
the UNSC," Hong said.
"There is no change in China`s position on the reform
of the UNSC," Hong said.
At the same time, he stated that member countries had
sharply divergent views on the reform of the UNSC, and all
parties should continue democratic and patient negotiations in
an effort to find solutions that had popular support among
China is the only member of the permanent five of the
UNSC that has not yet openly come out in support of India`s
bid for a permanent seat.
US President Barack Obama supported India’s case for a
permanent seat in the UNSC during his visit to New Delhi last
Besides Puri, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao also said
after the recent visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to New
Delhi that she too believe China was unlikely to stand in the
way when the process of reform reaches an ultimate decision