India’s alliance with Japan, Germany and Brazil to press for a permanent seat in the expanded UN Security Council is "a biggest mistake", an article in the state-run Chinese daily said on Monday.
"This year marks the 70th anniversary of the UN, and appeals for UN Security Council (UNSC) reform are becoming increasingly louder," Liu Zongyi, research fellow at the state-run Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, wrote in an article published in the Global Times.
The G4 nations namely Brazil, India, Germany and Japan, are the most active in calling for a change, it said.
Since the UN General Assembly on September 14 adopted a negotiating text, setting the stage for talks on the reform, "some Indian media acclaimed that the nation’s bid for permanent UNSC seat has been boosted. However, in reality, it will take a long time to discuss only the wording of this document," the article said.
Despite the Indian media’s warm responses to the move, Japan, rather than India, has played the most active role in seeking a permanent seat within the G4 bloc, it said.
"Indian politicians, academics and media insist China as its biggest obstacle in winning the seat. Beijing as a UNSC permanent member has not openly supported New Delhi’s UN aspiration. India, taking this as an excuse, pressures China through every possible means," it said.
"In fact, India’s biggest mistake is to ally itself with Japan, Germany and Brazil. First of all, these three countries have opponents in the region. Japan’s bid for permanent membership will definitely invite strong opposition from China and South Korea," it said.
China has been maintaining for long that it is a mistake on the part of India to join Japan specially, whose candidature Beijing opposes for historical reasons.
China has not gone beyond saying that Beijing understands New Delhi s aspiration to play a bigger role in the UN.
The article did not mention China’s close ally Pakistan’s opposition to India’s candidature for a permanent UNSC seat.
"Admittedly, the US once endorsed India’s aspirations before. The reason behind such support is to rope India in to counter China. But Washington will not support New Delhi to obtain a veto seat. India has observed that, in the IGN, the US refused to contribute to the negotiating text. This is surprising to the Indians," it said.
"Uncertain of winning a permanent seat this year, Japan has already prepared to become a non-permanent Security Council member from 2016 to 2017. Earlier, Japan offered massive aid to Bangladesh in exchange for its support and has already won support from African and Latin American countries," it said.
"India, on the other hand, has no such plan and already lagged behind Japan in winning the non-permanent seat, for which Asia has a quota of only one each year," it said.