Indian Foreign Secy visits Beijing to enlist support for NSG bid
NEW DELHI (92 News) – Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar made an unannounced visit to Beijing on 16-17 June to enlist support for India’s bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) which is being opposed by China.
Jaishankar’s visit came a week ahead of the plenary meeting of the 48-nation atomic trading bloc scheduled to be held in Seoul on 24 June where India’s membership is likely to be discussed.
This is the second time in recent weeks that India’s top diplomat Jaishankar has raised India’s NSG bid with the Chinese foreign minister. Discussions between the two on the same were also held along the sidelines of President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to China in the last week of May.
China has been strongly opposing India’s membership at the premier club, arguing that it was not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Beijing has shown a few signs that it may be willing to acquiesce to India’s accession on the condition that the door is left open for other non-NPT countries like Pakistan to join the group.
Meanwhile, Russian President said that he is positive about finding a solution to the objections raised by China against India’s application for NSG membership. Russia is one of the key supporters of India.