Monday 25 September 2017

India's case for a voice is strong

BARACK Obama has endorsed India's campaign for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. He has excellent practical reasons for supporting the campaign, as well as developing closer relations between the United States and an emergent superpower.

There are moral issues too. It is anomalous to confine permanent membership of the Security Council to the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France. Japan has a case. Africa has a better case to have its voice heard at such a table. Representation of the European Union also needs to be discussed.

But the closer ties between the US and India can best be seen as a prime piece of Realpolitik in a world in which the balance of power has shifted dramatically and will continue to shift, chiefly to the advantage of China.

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