At the UN Security Council on Monday, India subtly criticised China over issues like “double standards” in the fight against terrorism, coercive and unilateral action aimed at changing the status quo by force, and respect for national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
While participating in a Security Council discussion on the maintenance of international peace and security, India’s representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj, did not specifically mention any nation, but it was clear to whom the statements were directed.
What constitutes “shared security” is one of the summit’s driving questions, according to Kamboj, who also stated that the meeting was called at the request of China, the Security Council’s August president.
“Common security is also possible only if countries respect agreements signed with others, bilateral or multilateral, and do not take unilateral measures to nullify those very arrangements to those they were party to,” she added.
By amassing troops along the LAC since early 2020, the Indian side has frequently charged China with breaking a number of agreements and procedures on border management. Bilateral ties have reached an all-time low as a result of the deadlock.
“Common security is also only feasible when all countries stand together against common threats such as terrorism and do not engage in double standards while preaching otherwise,” Kamboj said.
China has employed a “technical hold” during the past two months to thwart efforts by India and the US to name Abdul Rehman Makki, the leader of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and Abdul Rauf Azhar, the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), as international terrorists at the UN Security Council. India criticised the actions. “A truly representative Security Council is the most pressing need of the hour. Else, there is a real danger of the UN being superseded by other plurilateral and multilateral groupings which are more representative, more transparent and more democratic and, therefore, more effective,” she said
According to Kamboj, the tenets of “common security” include upholding the international law-based, rules-based world order that is based on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states, the peaceful settlement of international conflicts, and unrestricted access by all to the world’s commons.
She claimed that a number of issues confront the world today, including terrorism, radicalization, risks posed by cutting-edge technology, pandemics, climate change, and escalating geopolitical rivalry. The Indian representative questioned if the UN had lived up to its ideals and pointed out that today’s and tomorrow’s demands and difficulties are very different from those of the past.