NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to put no effect on India’s entry in Nuclear Supplier Group as China continues its opposition to India’s entry, Chinese state media reports Thursday.
Earlier this week, Indian premier urged Xi Jinping to support India’s bid for membership to the elite NSG, but there was no immediate ‘reasonable’ response by Chinese President which resulted in a deadlocked meeting of the group in Seoul on Thursday.
“In addition to China, Turkey, Austria, New Zealand and Ireland also opposed India’s entry saying a Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) exception should not be made for one country,” reports said.
In the meeting, Pakistan’s bid for the NSG membership wasn’t even addressed and that was the only consolation for India.
Pakistan on Thursday publicly thanked China for support to Pakistan’s membership to the NSG. President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain met with his Chinese counterpart in Tashkent and thanked him for supporting Pakistan’s bid to join the nuclear club.
Discussions to finalize the issue of India’s entry are expected to continue today (Friday), in Seoul. All eyes in India would be on Seoul and Tashkent as this would be the last day of this NSG plenary meeting.
Modi met Chinese President in Tashkent on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting and urged him to make a “fair and objective” assessment of India’s application based on merit.
“The 48-member NSG took up the issue of India’s membership late in the day, at a post-dinner meeting in Seoul. On the agenda was hashing out whether India should be allowed into the elite atomic trading club despite it not being a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” said media reports.