Top Indian Diplomat Tells Truth to Remove Misunderstanding of ChinaPosted: October 28, 2016
When Shashi Tharoor, a charismatic career Indian diplomat, lost in the election for the post of UN secretary general a decade ago, people in India quickly laid the blame on China and regarded it as China’s scheme to hold down India.
In fact, as disclosed by Mr. Tharoor’s recent article “China did not stand in this Indian’s way for top U.N. job” on SCMP, it was the US not China that used its veto to block his way for the top UN job.
Due to confidentiality, Mr. Tharoor has not until now come out to tell the truth in order to remove the misunderstanding.
He gave detailed description of his meeting with Chinese diplomats and China’s promise not to oppose him and how China has honored its promise. He disclosed the truth that it was the US that used its veto to block his way to the top UN job.
He cited the memoir of John Bolton the then US ambassador to the UN to prove that China “had voted for all the Asian candidates on the first ballot; China then abstained on my candidacy on subsequent ballots but, as it promised, it never used its veto against me. That was done by the United States, which, Bolton reveals, backed Ban to the hilt and lobbied on his behalf with other Security Council members.
He says, according to Bolton, “These three factors – the bilateral relationship with Korea, a perception of a lack of conviction on India’s part, and the Bush administration’s desire not to repeat the Annan experiment of a ‘strong’ secretary general – combined to ensure the US veto that scuttled my candidacy.”
It is sad that in spite of China’s great efforts, China has failed to make India its friendly neighbor. That gives the US and some other nations and media hope to have a rising India as a counterweight to China’s rise. However, Mr. Tharoor says in his article, “India firmly disavowed any intention of playing such a role”.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Mr. Tharoor’s article on SCMP, full text of which can be found at http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2039063/china-did-not-stand-indians-way-top-un-job.