China on Tuesday expressed readiness to discuss UN reforms with all relevant parties, including India, to reach a consensus on the matter, after New Delhi sought its backing for a permanent seat in the Security Council.
"We understand the desire of India to play a larger role on the international stage," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters in Beijing.
"We would like to join hands with relevant parties, including India, on the reform of the United Nations (and) hope that relevant parties can have discussions in a patient and democratic way to reach a consensus on the issue," she said.
She was asked to comment about External Affairs Minister S M Krishna seeking China's support for India's bid for a permanent UNSC membership.
Earlier, Krishna, who is on a four-day official visit here, called on Beijing to "review" its policies on UN reforms to "welcome" its neighbour to the core group of the world body.
"...even on the complex issue of UN reforms, it is time for China to review previously held positions and welcome the presence in the Security Council of a nation with which it has much in common," Krishna told the Chinese Institute of International Studies, a prominent think-tank.