China unrelenting on opposition to India's NSG bid?
The 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group has had three unofficial discussions on various issues related to the entry of non-NPT countries through the Friends of Chair platform. Photograph: (Getty)
Agencies Beijing, China Jun 22, 2016, 10.49 AM (IST)
China on Wednesday 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 (NSG) had three round of unofficial discussions on the membership of the two countries.
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 Thursday.
Pakistan on Tuesday claimed that it had successfully blocked India's bid for NSG membership.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying also underlined the differences within NSG members, saying "parties are yet to see eye-to-eye on this issue". On it's part Beijing will play a constructive role in the discussions, she said.
Meanwhile, the Indian government has dispatched its foreign secretary S Jaishankar to Seoul, South Korea, where the NSG is meeting.
The preliminary meeting began on June 20. The five-day event will conclude with a plenary, which is likely to decide on India's membership, on 24 June. Argentina is the current chair of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group.
New Delhi is hoping that the talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit at Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on June 23, will enable it to secure China's support for India's membership of the NSG.
(WION and Agencies)