Ahead of NSG meet in Vienna, China on Monday said there is ‘no change’ in its stand on India’s membership bid. The development comes just days after India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, failed to reach a consensus on the issue. China has maintained its stand that India’s bid will only be considered if rules for entry of non-NPT countries are finalised by the elite group. “This Friday in Vienna a plenary session of the NSG will be held. Our position is subject to no change as of date,” Lu Kang, Spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told a media briefing here.
On Friday last week, Consul General of China Zhanwu Ma rold reporters in Hyderabad, “Entry of any country into the Nuclear Suppliers Group needs certain procedures which are to be followed. It is not that simple.” Referring to the November 4 meeting of the National Security Advisors (NSAs) of India and China in Hyderabad, Lu said China is in close contact with relevant parties including India and have been having constructive dialogue and coordination on this issue.
Meanwhile, addressing the India-UK Tech Summit on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked British PM Theresa May for UK’s consistent support for India’s NSG membership. “There’s growing convergence of our views on global issues. I thanked PM May for UK’s consistent support for India’s membership of UNSC and NSG,” Modi said.
China has also been holding simultaneous talks with Pakistan on its admission into the NSG. Officials say that the focus now shifts on the kind of modalities being worked out by NSG which can accommodate India, whose non-proliferation record is regarded positive by a majority of the group’s members contrary to Pakistan’s record in nuclear proliferation.