Beijing, July 16: China has said that it has “no objection” to India's candidature for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council but was firmly opposed to Japan's bid for the same due to “historical baggage”, according to CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury.
China's stand in this regard was conveyed to CPI(M) politburo member, Yechury by top Chinese diplomat and State Councillor Dai Bingguo.
“He (Dai) bent over backwards to explain to me saying that they are not against India being there (UNSC) at all,” Yechury who held a two hour long meeting with Dai yesterday told Indian media here today.
“China has no objection to India becoming (permanent) member of UNSC. India is India but not as part of G-4,” he said, adding that that it was for the first time perhaps there was a sense of clarity in China's stand on India's bid.
But at the same time the Chinese diplomat stated that China has problem to come out in support as India has become part of the G-4 group, (India, Japan, Germany and Brazil) to campaign for its UNSC bid.
“For us there is historical baggage with Japan and China can never accept Japan's membership,” he told Yechury. India should have verified with China before joining the G-4, (India, Japan, Germany and Brazil) as Beijing can not support Japan's bid due to historical discord.
“The fact that India chose to be in Japan's company and if anybody talked (to us) we would have immediately told to you that,” Yechury who is in China on the invitation of ruling Communist Party of China, (CPC) to develop party to party relations quoted Dai as saying.
He said Dai, the designated Chinese Special Representative along with India's National Security Advisor, (NSA) Shivshankar Menon for talks resolve border dispute “dropped” in to meet him for 45 minutes. PTI