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
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.