China’s guarded response to G4 nations’ offer to give up veto

China has reacted cautiously to India and other G4 nations’ offer to initially forgo veto powers for getting a permanent seat on the UN Security Council and has advocated for a ‘package solution’ which should accommodate ‘concerns and interests’ of all parties to reform the world’s top body organ.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said China supports UN Security Council (UNSC) reform and maintains that developing countries should have more representation and voice.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. Photo courtesy: Tamildiplomat

In a written response to a news agency based in India, Hua said,” Security Council reform concerns issues like membership categories, regional representation, veto power.”

The answer came in response to India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin’s assertion on March 7 regarding forgoing veto power for securing permanent seat in UN at an inter-governmental negotiation meeting of the G4 nations-India, Brazil, Germany and Japan.

Hua said, “These issues can only be addressed by reaching a package solution that accommodates all parties' interests and concerns through broad-based democratic consultations.”

China is part of the veto-wielding permanent five members which also include US, Russia, France and the UK. China has adopted an ambivalent stand though other four permanent members of Security Council support India’s candidature for entry as permanent member in the Council.

Pakistan, a close ally of China, also opposes any additional permanent member in the Security Council. Pakistan and Italy led United for Consensus (UFC) has proposed a new category of members- not permanent- with longer duration and a possibility to get re-elected once.