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No UNSC Seat Without Chinese Consent – Chinese Media To India

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| October 21 , 2017 , 16:54 IST

Days after United States ambassador to UN Nikki Haley stated that the key to India becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council is not to touch the veto a debate raged on weather nations like India should even aspire to be UNSC member without the veto power.

 

(This reform of the UN Security Council) is much more about the veto. The permanent five (members of the UNSC) have the ability to veto. Russia, China, UK, US and France and none of them want to give that up. So the key to getting India on the Security Council would have to be not to touch the veto,” Haley said at an event organized on the US Capitol by the advocacy group India-US Friendship Council. She also identified Russia and China as the two global powers against changes in the current structure of the UNSC.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s public address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Wednesday showed the warmth in the relationship between the two nations. Tillerson recalled the 70 years of relationship between the two nations and thrice spoke about the vision for the next 100 years.

“But another more profound transformation that’s taking place, one that will have far-reaching implications for the next 100 years: The United States and India are increasingly global partners with growing strategic convergence.

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Indians and Americans don’t just share an affinity for democracy. We share a vision of the future.” Said Tillerson

 

While Tillerson’s address was friendly, positive and optimistic towards India, he condemned China for undermining the international rules-based orders, its provocations in the South China sea and its attempts at subverting the sovereignty of neighbouring nations.

“In this period of uncertainty and somewhat angst, India needs a reliable partner on the world stage. I want to make clear: with our shared values and vision for global stability, peace, and prosperity, the United States is that partner.” Remarked Tillerson

Secretary Tillerson’s remarks and statements have not gone well with the Chinese media which accused the US of using India as a lever to contain the growing Chinese Influence. Global Times, the Chinese government backed newspaper in its editorial comment added that being wary about its increasing gap with China, India makes an ideal target for US to unite against China. 

 

The editorial advised India not to be too pleased with Tillerson’s comments as US alone cannot ensure a seat for India at the UNSC without the Chinese consent. It also said that the US will never share high end technologies with India as it is keen to sell its goods.

These comments come ahead of Tillerson's visit to India next week, and US president Donald Trump's first Asian tour which will also cover China in the first two weeks of November.

It is worth mentioning that China has used its veto powers repeatedly to block US and Indian attempts to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar allegedly on the behest of Pakistan.