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India, China discuss issues on UNSC agenda

For the first time since 2012, India and China on Tuesday held consultations on UN Security Council (UNSC) agenda, with New Delhi seeking to build consensus on its UNSC priorities as well as on designating terrorists by the powerful body of the UN.

In the first bilateral meet which did not focus on LAC stand-off since last April. Both sides discussed a wide-range of issues on the UNSC agenda. The Indian delegation briefed the Chinese side on India’s priorities during its UNSC tenure.

India, which began its two-year term as a non-permanent member of UNSC on January 1, will have counter-terrorism and maritime security among its key priorities to achieve peace and stability in the international arena. The Indian delegation sought constructive support from China on its priorities, ET has learnt.

India will hold the presidency of the UNSC in August 2021. During its presidency, India will focus on initiatives around Counter-terrorism, maritime Security and ICT for peacekeeping. China’s support as a permanent member of the UNSC will be key during India’s presidency of the council.

India has been asked to chair three important committees of the UNSC, including counter-terror platforms. The Chinese delegation was led by Yang Tao, director general of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. Prakash Gupta, Joint Secretary (UNP & Summits) led the Indian delegation.

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