China has said that it is opposed to India’s inclusion in the United Nations Security Council as a so-called permanent member ostensibly because of India’s association with Japan through the G-4 initiative. The G-4 countries include India, Japan, Germany, and Brazil. China’s Ambassador to the UN Sun said “we are opposed to Japan’s bid as it has not adopted correct attitude to historic issues.” Speaking at the “Emerging Trends in Sino-Indian relations” seminar, He clarified further saying that “if we let the G-4 plan proceed, there is danger than in the end Japan will be in and India out. This is the worst scenario we want to see. We would like to have the situation the other way round.”
This would seem as if China may support India’s bid to the UNSC if it were to go it alone but its strenuous activities along with African nations to stop the G-4 bid is confusing. Even after Japan moved away from the G-4, some say because of US advice, China never volunteered to support India even though India had, in mistaken magnanimous stupor, supported China’s candidature several decades ago.