Tashkent: Seeking China’s support for India’s membership of NSG, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to make a “fair and objective” assessment of India’s application to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Yes or no: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Tashkent. Pics/PTI
Meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit, Modi said India’s case should be judged on its own merits and China should contribute to an emerging consensus, according to External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
The meeting lasted for nearly 50 minutes and comes in the backdrop of stiff Chinese opposition to India’s entry into the NSG.
However, when asked about China’s response, Swarup refused to comment, saying, “You know, it is a complex and delicate process. We are waiting (to see) what kind of news comes from Seoul.” He also stated that most of the meeting was devoted to the NSG issue.
India's bid for NSG membership was likely to come up last night at a special post-dinner meeting of the 48-nation grouping's plenary, whose two-day deliberations began here yesterday, sources said. Japan and some other countries are understood to
have raised the matter in the opening session. Indian diplomats, led by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, are here to lobby.
Opposition not to hit bilateral ties
China yesterday sought to de-link it's opposition to India's membership of NSG from Sino-Indian ties saying that it does not concern the bilateral relationship. China-India bilateral relations have maintained, “sound momentum”, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
20 The approximate number of countries backing India's NSG bid
300 The number of participants from the 48 member countries at the NSG plenary