India’s bid at becoming a full-fledged member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) may become a possibility after a Chinese diplomat stated that China is willing to consider it.
Leaders in New Delhi had substantive talks with Beijing on India’s attempt to join the NSG, which currently includes 48 countries including China that trades in the civil nuclear technology. In a bid to reduce India’s dependency on fossil fuels, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been campaigning to join the NSG. It would allow the country to build nuclear power plants in partnership with Russia, the United States and France.
“There should be no double standards on terrorism nor should one pursue its own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism,” vice-foreign minister Li Baodong said.
The minister was answering a question on whether the issue of terrorism would come up for discussion during the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit.
“On counter-terrorism, the five countries have consensus. The foreign ministers of the five countries reached an agreement on the margins of the United Nation General Assembly. We hope and believe this Goa Summit will build on the pass consensus and continue to strengthen cooperation on counter-terrorism and other issues of political security,” Li said.
China had put the first technical hold six months ago on India’s application following Azhar’s alleged involvement in the Pathankot terrorist attack.
China had extended the second technical hold valid for three months during last week despite several consultations between New Delhi and Beijing at various levels.
It is expected to figure again during the expected meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit to be held in Goa from October 15-16.
Without naming China, India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on October 6 that only one country had put the technical hold and criticised the completely “non-transparent and anonymous” manner of designating individuals by the UN Sanctions Committee.