PM Modi, in his address to the UN General Assembly on Friday, freshly made a strong bid for a permanent seat in an expanded Security Council on Friday.
Six decades ago India said “Not At The Cost Of China”. Six decades later China says “Not India At Any Cost.”
Historical documents (Pandit Papers at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library) and research done by scholars like AG Noorani and Anton Harder conclusively prove that the Nehru administration declined to accept in August 1950 the US offer to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a similar offer by the then Soviet Union in 1955. The reason put forward was a rather dubious one:”Not At The Cost Of China”.
On September 28, 2015, President of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Xi Jinping will address the UN General Assembly, where he is likely to vent his country’s stand on the question of UN reforms. May it be recalled that on September 15 the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution to use a text as the basis for discussions on the issue over the next year despite opposition from P-5 countries. This is said to have disrupted PRC’s UN-centred game that aims at maintaining status quo and preventing India, Germany, Japan, and Brazil from becoming permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC). “Not India At Any Cost” is the Lynchpin of PRC’s strategy.
(Editor-in-chief: Rakesh Ranjan)