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India, China hold 'lengthy discussion' on NSG membership

Nayanima Basu New Delhi | Updated on January 17, 2018

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (file photo)

India on Saturday held a detailed discussion on its membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Both sides held a "lengthy discussion" on China vetoing India's membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), said a top official.

India is believed to have explained China why is it important for it to be part of the NSG. Swaraj outlined importance of meeting India's clean energy goals in the context of COP-21.

"India offered to discuss any technical issues China may have," the official said.

India has also expressed concerns on the economic corridor being built by China, popularly known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

These issues were raised by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here on Saturday, according to sources.

Both ministers held a bilateral meeting for three hours that focussed on bilateral issues, regional and global developments.

Wang also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and briefed him on the upcoming G20 Summit to be held in Hangzhou, China in September.

Among other issues, China’s technical hold on listing of Masood Azhar in the UNSC 1267 Committee also taken up. India urged China to revisit its technical hold in line with its own professed zero tolerance towards terrorism.

Sources said the situation on the border areas was also reviewed and further steps to strengthen peace and tranquillity were discussed.

Both countries also discussed to set up a new mechanism at level of Foreign Secretaries to discuss ties.

Published on August 13, 2016

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