NEW DELHI: India is at serious odds with China and Pakistan in the UN General Assembly on the expansion of the UN Security Council. Pakistan, making common cause with China, has been at the forefront opposing additions to permanent members in the Security Council. This week, India had to fight back a proposal from the Pakistan-led group that an interim solution be found by increasing the non-permanent members in the Security Council while keeping the permanent membership question under debate and reviewing it after some time. India's ambassador, Nirupam Sen, retorted that such a measure would be "incomplete and futile" if there is no increase in the number of permanent members. "Pakistan supports an increase in the non-permanent members only," its ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon said. Pakistan said adding permanent members would make it difficult for other smaller countries. Therefore, Pakistan with China are now pushing for more regional representation, rather than permanent members. The Pakistan position is eerily similar to the Chinese. An editorial commentary in `Peoples Daily' on February 26, widely believed to be the voice of the Communist party, said, "Reforms should ensure that the large number of small and medium sized nations have more opportunities and can participate in decision-making in the UNSC -- reform of the UNSC is not just about increasing the number of permanent members." China too has been saying in the UN the more non-permanent members should be added rather than permanent ones. The Indian government has been openly irritated about what it sees as an "unfriendly" attitude by China. Certainly, after the joint statement by the two sides in January 2008, India believed that China had moved a little further towards lowering their objections against India's candidature in the UNSC. But the Chinese "objections" are now being seen as part of the new pattern of veiled hostility by China, which was manifest at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in September. Over the past several months, Indian security agencies have registered a more "aggressive" Chinese position on different sectors of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Pakistan's ambassador said in the UN, "Many of the problems that we want to address through reform are attributed to the permanent members. Enlarging the oligarchy will increase these problems. It will make the Security Council less democratic, less representative, less transparent, less effective and less accountable." "An increase in national permanent membership is unrealizable," the Pakistan envoy said. "Some of the aspirants are prepared to become permanent members without veto (like India) thus contradicting their claims of counter-balancing the P-5 (the five permanent members)." "Caution must be exercised in referring to a broad and generic category of permanent membership," he added. Pakistan is part of the Italy-led United for Consensus (UfC) group, a renamed "coffee club". They have a new tactic -- to support the Arab demand, the African demand and the OIC demand for rotating representation rather than permanent membership. This, say officials, is a ploy to increase their list of supporters. On the other hand, India says more countries support adding permanent members than the "interim" solution. "Permanent membership is contrary to the principle of sovereign equality of states," the Pakistan ambassador said. "There is no criteria for election of permanent members. They are just there. The aspirants, as we know, also just want to be there. But that may be their idea of reform." The Italy/Pakistan-led "Uniting for Consensus" (UfC) group seeks enlargement of the council to 25 seats, with 10 new non-permanent members who would be elected for two-year terms, with the possibility of immediate re-election. The African Union has called for the Council to be enlarged to 26 seats, one more permanent seat than the G-4 proposal. Its proposal for six new permanent seats was the same as the G-4's, except that it would give the new members veto power.