China evasive on Security Council reform issue

China remained evasive over its stand on supporting the G4 nations, including India.

Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 21:01 PM IST

Beijing: China continued to be evasive
over its stand on supporting the G4 nations, including India,
for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, advocating
extensive consultations to reach a broad-based consensus.

Declining to specify its stand on the bid by India,
Brazil, Japan and Germany for a permanent seat in an expanded
Security Council, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu
refused to go beyond the customary `talks for consensus`

Asked about the perception among some Chinese analysts
that Beijing may not oppose India`s bid for the UNSC permanent
seat, but had strong reservations in backing Japan, Ma said
that his country`s stand was that a broad-based consensus
should be reached based on consultations among member states.

"We believe that on the issue of Security Council
reform, member states should fully engage in democratic
extensive consultations taking into (account) the concerns of
all parties and try to reach the most broadly-based
consensus," he told a media briefing.

"China will as always stay in communication with all
parties and work to better to make sure that the reform will
help the common interest of all member states," he said.

China, itself a permanent member of the UNSC, has
refused to specify whether it would back India and Japan for a
permanent seat in a expanded Security Council.

All other P-5 nations -- the US, Russia, France and
the UK -- have already made known their backing for India`s
quest for a permanent seat.

Earlier, reacting to G-4 countries statement calling
for reforms to be finalised this year, Ma had in a statement
on February 13 said that "serious differences" prevailed among
members on the issue and called for working out a "broad based

Ma had warned that forcing "premature" reform plans
will not only "undermine" the unity of UN member nations, but
also harm the process.

He said that UN member nations should seek a package
of solutions for the reform, on the basis of broad and
democratic consultations among member nations to accommodate
interests and concerns of all parties.

Though some positive progress had been made since
inter-government negotiations on UNSC reform were launched,
serious differences remained over certain important issues, he

The G-4 is an alliance among India, Brazil, Germany
and Japan for the purpose of supporting each other`s bids for
permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council.