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Major differences among UN members over India’s permanent membership in UNSC: China

BEIJING: China on Thursday played down Russia’s backing for India and Brazil’s entry into the UN Security Council as a permanent member, saying all parties have “major differences” in the matter and instead advocated for a “package solution”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during his visit to New Delhi on Wednesday, backed India and Brazil to be permanent members of the UNSC.

“We are convinced that the overriding trend of the global development is the objective process of the formation of new centres of economic might, financial power and political influence and India is obviously one of them,” Lavrov said.

Reacting to Lavrov’s statement, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said member countries of the UN have differences over reforms in the world body.