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Modi proposes plan for India's UNSC seat as China border standoff continues

With India and China enmeshed in a standoff on their border with each other, New Delhi on Friday unveiled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new ‘panchsheel’, or five principles, that will shape its approach in its bid to get elected to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar launched a brochure outlining India’s priorities for its forthcoming campaign to secure an elected seat on the UNSC at elections slated for June 17, 2020.

India’s bid is likely to succeed for it's the sole endorsed candidate of the Asia-Pacific Group, said the External Affairs Ministry. This would be India’s eighth term at the UNSC, and this two-year tenure will start in January 2021.

The Council is composed of 15 members: five permanent members in China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US, and ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.

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