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US support for India's UNSC bid may figure in China-Pak talks

world Updated: Nov 11, 2010 18:43 IST

US President Barack Obama's endorsement of India's bid for the permanent membership of the UN Security Council is expected to figure in the talks between Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

Zardari, who arrived in China on Wednesday on a three-day visit, will meet Wen on the sidelines of the 16th Asian Games beginning on Thursday.

The meeting schedule is still being worked out, Hong Lei, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, told a media briefing here.

Zardari, who is visiting China for the sixth time since assuming office in 2008, would be the guest of honour at the inaugural ceremony of the Asian Games besides Thailand Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Peeved over US' strong backing for India's quest for a permanent UNSC berth, the Pakistan government has slammed Washington over the move, claiming it would have "implications" for peace and stability in South Asia.

Pakistan expressed its opposition to Obama's endorsement for India's efforts to gain a seat at the high table during a meeting of the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday.

The cabinet said 'politics of expediency' should not be allowed to decide the future of the international order.

China, a strategic ally and 'all weather friend' of Pakistan has reacted cautiously, saying it was ready for discussions with India on reforms for UNSC.

China also said it values India's status in the international affairs and understands India's aspirations to play a greater role in the United Nations.

Obama's endorsement of India's membership leaves only China to take a stand on the issue as the other four of the five permanent members -- US, Russia, Britain and France --have already conveyed their support for New Delhi's elevation to the top organ of the world body.