India's bid to UNSC gets China, Russia support

China and Russia have announced its support for India in its bid to secure a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and anti-terrorism plans. The announcement was made during the 13th Russia, India and China (RIC) meeting held in China.

This has been reported in Daily Mail.

Earlier, during his India visit in September last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a statement that he would support India for a permanent membership in the UN Security Council (UNSC) in an expanded UN Security Council. His statement was reflection of the seemingly improved relationship between the two Asian giants.

Germany, a member of P5+1 has also been very much side by side with India on a quest for a permanent seat at the Security Council.

Since 1955, India has been claiming for the permanent membership of the UNSC on the basis of population, territorial size, GDP, economic potential, civilizational legacy, cultural diversity, political system and past and ongoing contributions to the activities of the UN - especially to UN peacekeeping operations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing his 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 27 called for a reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to "make it more democratic and participative.

He reiterated that India was one of the founding members of the UN in 1945.

It had been five decades since the UNSC underwent its first and only reform, and almost 10 years since the 2005 World Summit, held September 14-16 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, where 170 Heads of State and Government had agreed to initiate a reform process.

US President Barack Obama also assured that they will push for India's permanent membership in the UNSC, which has sulked Pakistan, said a report appeared in times of India.

There was a time when China was the only P-5 member to continue to oppose the G-4's (India, Brazil, Germany and Japan) UNSC ambitions.

The G4 group of nations have voiced concern that discussions to reform the UN Security Council are still at a "stalemate," underscoring that the process should not be an "endless exercise".

India as one the rising Asian powers seeks the use the opportune moment for securing a permanent seat in UNSC.

The time has now come to move ahead from words to action and take a decision on the way forward based on the wishes of majority of the UN membership.

Both the countries also welcomed India's "participation" if not membership. The US announced its support for India's full membership during President Barack Obama's recent visit.

Chinese President Xi Jinping hailed his country's relations with India and Russia during meetings that heard calls for developing economies to have more say on the global stage, rivalling US influence.

Xi also made an exception and break the protocol by agreeing to meet the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Visits by New Delhi's foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and Sergei Lavrov from Moscow come on the heels of a trip to India by US President Barack Obama on the occasion of Republic-Day, and with Russian leader Vladimir Putin globally isolated over the conflict in Ukraine.

The Russian support for permanent membership in the UNSC for India came even after reported biter relation between them over purchase of defence products.

According to a report in Times of India, Russia was "miffed" with India after it opted to purchase Rafale fighters and American Apache attack helicopters over Moscow's defence products.

India, on the other hand, was "angry" with Russia for selling attack helicopters to Pakistan.

Russian President Bladimir Putin, who visited India in December 2014 termed ties with India as "privileged strategic partnership".

Russia had earlier also supported India"s bid for permanent membership of the 15-nation body when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had visited Moscow in 2011.

Growing support from P-5 members is likely to yield UNSC permanent membership for India, a long cherished dream of the country

Courtesy Niti Central

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