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China opposed UNSC expansion: Wikileaks

Beijing: China opposed expansion of the UN Security Council in 2005 by prevailing on the US not to dilute the prime position enjoyed by five veto-wielding members by adding more as it would create “trouble” for them, according to leaked US cable by WikiLeaks.

As the new emerging powers – India, Brazil, Japan and Germany – made a strong case for UNSC reforms mobilising international opinion, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei told a US diplomat that Beijing “was concerned by the ‘momentum’ that was building on UN Security Council reform,” the leaked cable said.

He told the US diplomat that the position enjoyed by current P-5 – China, Britain, France, Russia and United States – should not be “diluted” by making it P-10.

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