The expansion of the UN Security Council is not on the agenda of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa summit on April 14, but India’s candidature for a permanent seat is likely to be raised when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has a closed-door meeting with President Hu Jintao on the summit sidelines.
“I am not a fortune-teller," said assistant Foreign Minister Wu Hailong when asked whether BRICS leaders would discuss UNSC reform at the summit in Sanya, China’s southern tropical island. “The BRICS leaders meeting is not an appropriate occasion to discuss UNSC reform. There still exist many different views. We believe all members should discuss...and have the broadest possible consensus.” China is the only permament member of the Security Council which has not endorsed India’s candidature for a permanent seat.
On the bilateral meeting with Singh, the first high-level contact between the two countries since Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to India last December, Wu said that China wished to strengthen the strategic partnership and expand cooperation in various areas with India.
Both India and China have opposed military intervention to resolve the Libyan crisis and this may figure in the dialogue. BRICS leaders may discuss the West Asianunrest and if they achieve a consensus it will be reflected in summit statement.
China said it is open to expansion of the bloc and that emerging market economies have expressed interest in joining. South Africa is the newest entrant.