China on Monday asserted that India’s membership for Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG) was not on the agenda list for Seoul meet. “While NSG members still divided, it is not mature to talk about entry of new countries,” it said.
Earlier on Sunday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said that the ‘dragon’ was not opposing India’s entry into NSG but was only talking about certain creteria and procedure involved. “We are hopeful of convincing China to support India’s entry,” she had said.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had also made an unannounced visit to China on June 16-17 to seek China’s support into the matter.
The 48-nation atomic trading bloc will hold a plenary meeting on June 24 where it is expected that India’s membership will be discussed.