Sushma Swaraj asks Russia to talk to China about NSG

RSTV Bureau

Ahead of the NSG plenary, India on Monday asked countries friendly with China to convince it on the issue of allowing New Delhi entry into the grouping based on credentials, even as Beijing asserted that the membership bid has become “more complicated”.

India will raise with China through diplomatic channels “101 per cent” the recent incursions by Chinese military helicopters into Indian airspace over Chamoli district in Uttarakhand, external Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

“So we feel, since Russia and China share good relations, it should talk to China. We are not asking them to put pressure on China, but use its good offices…” Swaraj said at an annual press meet in Delhi on Monday.

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Sushma Swaraj asks Russia to talk to China about NSG

On the issue of India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) amid Chinese opposition, she said countries friendly with China such as Russia should speak to Beijing to allow New Delhi entry.

The statement came even as Beijing asserted that NSG membership bids have become “more complicated” under the “new circumstances” and again ruled out backing New Delhi’s entry in the group.

“Since Russia and China share good relations, it should talk to China. We are not asking them to put pressure on China, but use its good offices,” Ms Swaraj said.

Meanwhile, Narendra Modi is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit at Astana, Kazakhstan, on June 8-9.

PM-Modi-and-Xi-Jinping-400x265The group, which will be holding its next plenary in Swiss capital Bern soon, goes by consensus approach on the admission of new members.

“About the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) it is a new issue under the new circumstances and it is more complicated than the previously imagined,” China’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Li Huilai told a media briefing in Beijing.

He, however, did not elaborate what the new circumstances and complications were.

Asked about the chances of India’s admission into the grouping during this month’s plenary session expected to take place in the Swiss capital Bern, Li said, “China’s position on the non-NPT members’ participation in the NSG has not changed”