On Thursday, China said that its bilateral ties with India will not be hampered even if the country opposes India’s membership to the elite 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group.
China said its opposition does not concern the Sino-Indian bilateral relationship.
“On the NSG issue, we have been expounding on our position on this issue. We believe that with regard to the admission of new members a decision shall be made with through discussion within the group…We do not believe that it is an issue concerning the bilateral relationship between China and India,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
Ahead of the meeting between PM Modi and President Xi on the sidelines of the SCO summit, Hua said, “President Xi is going to meet Prime Minister Modi in Tashkent…We believe that series of exchanges of visits will deepen our strategic consensus, strategic mutual trust and future development of bilateral relationship.”
China also reiterated that its ties with India have maintained “sound momentum”.
“We have repeatedly made positive comments on development ties between India and China. Both are emerging markets that are acquiring more and more significant role in the international affairs,” she said.
Xi and Modi met on the sidelines of the SCO meet in Tashkent on Thursday afternoon where he is said to have sought China’s support for India’s entry into the NSG.
China continues to call for consensus among the 48-member group about the admission of countries which have not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Both India and Pakistan, which have applied for NSG membership, have not signed the NPT. Interestingly, India’s case is pushed by the US and China is backing Pakistan.
Meanwhile, a crucial meeting of the NGS began in Seoul earlier today. A special discussion on the entry of new members that includes India and Pakistan among others will be discussed.
(With inputs from PTI)