China is ready to talk with India on New Delhi’s entry into the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), ahead of a key meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa or BRICS meeting in Goa over the weekend.
Beijing indicated it won’t budge on its position of extending a hold on New Delhi’s proposed for a UN ban on Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, newspapers reported on Tuesday.
China’s vice-foreign minister Li Baodong, answering to media in Beijing on Monday on Xi’s India visit, said this was due to China opposed to anyone making political benefits in the name of counter-terrorism.
Will India get membership of NSG?
At the same time, Modi had urged Xi to consider India’s NSG case positively, however China refused India’s request at the NSG plenary in Seoul, on the reason that India was not a signatory to the nuclear non- production contract, although Beijing tone on India’s NSG membership of countries trading in nuclear technology and hardware is seen as mollifying. Still, India has no positive hope to enter into the export control regime.
China is not only a country who makes rules for the new entry in NGS: Li
There were discussions between India and China last month on this topic but no breakthrough. The discussions are to continue in October, but no official announcement of that meeting has been made so far. On the other hand, China’s vice-foreign minister Li in Beijing said there was a need to build consensus over the entry of new members in the 48-memebrr NSG.
He further said,” These rules are not to be decided by China alone. On the issue, China and India have maintained good communication. We are ready to continue consultations with India to build consensus and we also hope that India can go to other members of the NSG.