India confident about getting China’s support for NSG bid

New Delhi: India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that she is confident of getting China’s support for its bid of membership as Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Confirming about the same the Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar who has recently concluded his visit of Beijing on June 16-17 said that he has requested to China to secure its support for the bid.

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He said that China is talking only about the criteria and procedures to be adopted for membership of the elite 48-nation atomic trading bloc.

On other hand, Swaraj said that she is hopeful that India will be able to convince China to give its backing. She further added that the NSG works under the principle of agreement and even single country’s vote against India can spoil its bid.

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“China is not opposing membership of India in NSG, it is only talking of criteria and procedure. I am hopeful that we would be able to convince China as well to support our entry to the NSG,” she told a press conference here while highlighting her ministry’s achievements in the last two years.

“I think that there is a consensus which is being made and I am sure that India will become the member of the NSG this year,” she said, adding, “The NSG entry is crucial for India’s energy policy.”

“I’m myself in contact with 23 nations, 1 or 2 raised concerns but think consensus is there.”

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The minister said that instead of talking about criteria with respect to India’s bid its credential should be discussed.

“India is strong credential to become member of the NSG”.

 

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