UNITED NATIONS - China is reported to have refused to endorse India's bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council at a recent meeting in Russia of foreign ministers of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) - the four emerging economies. In the joint communique issued at the end of the meeting in Yekaterinburg, a major city in central Russia, Chinese delegates "scotched" Moscow's proposals of supporting India's efforts to enter the powerful 15-member council with a elevated status, according to Sreeram Chaulia, an Indian researcher on international affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship in Syracuse, New York. Recalling what he called was Beijing's prior commitment to recommend India, the researcher wrote in a commentary on New Kerala.com, a website paper, that the "firm refusal of China to sign a communique at Yekaterinburg that unambiguously championed a permanent seat for India at the UNSC is actually consistent with Beijing's hide-and-seek strategy on the issue. More than China deluding India by rescinding on its past promises, it appears to be a case of India allowing itself to be deluded by building make-believe castles."