China harps on 'package solution' for India's bid to become UNSC permanent member

Highlights:

  • China, which has been blocking India's efforts to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council, reiterated its stand on New Delhi's bid, and called for evolving a "package solution" that is acceptable to all to reform the top organ of the global body.
  • China is a permanent member of the UNSC while India began its two-year tenure as a non-permanent member on January 1.
  • China supports UNSC reforms in a manner that increases the authority and efficacy of the UNSC, increases the representation and voice of developing countries so that small and medium-sized countries have a greater opportunity to participate in the decision making of the UNSC.
  • China is part of the permanent five (P5) of the UNSC with veto power has been stonewalling India's efforts to become member of UN's powerful body for years pointing to lack of consensus even though the other four, US, UK, France and Russia have expressed backing for New Delhi's membership.
  • Beijing's all-weather ally Pakistan is also opposed to India becoming a permanent member of the UNSC.