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China cool on UNSC reform

China favours “democratic and patient consultations” on the question of reforming the United Nations Security Council, the government said a day after United States President Barack Obama endorsed a permanent seat for India, The Hindu newspaper reported Tuesday.

While China supported "reasonable and necessary" reforms which “give priority to developing countries”, the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said it “understood India’s aspirations” to play a greater role in the UN, repeating its earlier position of not directly supporting India's candidature.

China was “ready to keep contact with India and other states on UNSC reforms”, a spokesman said.

Indian officials have recently called on China to review its position. External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna is expected to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on November 14 and 15, along the sidelines of the Russia-India-China trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting in China.