US support for India`s UNSC bid may figure in China-Pak talks

US Prez`s endorsement of India`s bid for the permanent membership of the UNSC is expected to figure in the talks between Pak`s Prez Asif Ali Zardari and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in China.

Updated: Nov 11, 2010, 18:44 PM IST

Beijing: US President Barack Obama`s
endorsement of India`s bid for the permanent membership of the
UN Security Council is expected to figure in the talks between
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao at the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Zardari, who arrived in China today on a three-day
visit, will meet Wen on the sidelines of the 16th Asian Games
beginning tomorrow.

The meeting schedule is still being worked out, Hong
Lei, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, told a media
briefing here.

Zardari, who is visiting China for the sixth time
since assuming office in 2008, would be the guest of honour at
the inaugural ceremony of the Asian Games besides Thailand
Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Peeved over US` strong backing for India`s quest for a
permanent UNSC berth, the Pakistan government has slammed
Washington over the move, claiming it would have
"implications" for peace and stability in South Asia.

Pakistan expressed its opposition to Obama`s
endorsement for India`s efforts to gain a seat at the high
table during a meeting of the cabinet chaired by Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani yesterday.

The cabinet said "politics of expediency" should not
be allowed to decide the future of the international order.
China, a strategic ally and "all weather friend" of
Pakistan has reacted cautiously, saying it was ready for
discussions with India on reforms for UNSC.

China also said it values India`s status in the
international affairs and understands India`s aspirations to
play a greater role in the United Nations.

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