Bullish China refuses to change anti-India stand
Beijing: China yesterday continued to make ambivalent statements on India’s bid for NSG membership amid clear indications that it was unrelenting in its opposition.
Clubbing India and Pakistan once again, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said members of the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group have had three round of unofficial discussions on the membership of the two countries.
China is seeking to equate India with its impeccable non-proliferation record with that of Pakistan for which it is batting.
But Beijing maintained that the entry of the two countries was not on the agenda of the two-day NSG plenary in the South Korean capital Seoul starting tomorrow. Though Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will be in Seoul for a final push, but a breakthrough on India’s entry is unlikely.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) today, a China-dominated six-nation grouping, which is likely to focus on exploring ways to enhance security cooperation to combat terrorism. India, along with Pakistan, is set to be inducted as full members into the bloc.