NEW DELHI: It has not been made public about the unexpected visit of the Foreign secretary to China, until an official confirmation from the Ministry of External Affairs on Saturday. According to the sources, Mr S Jaishankar visited China on June 16-17 to seek the dragon nation’s support for India’s entry into the Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG).
The Foreign secretary met his counterparts in China and had reportedly discussed all major issues between the two nations including the NSG membership of India.
This is the second time that Mr Jaishankar has discussed on India’s NSG bid with China. The first instance was during the President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to China. Also, the current visit comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with China’s President IX Jinping and the NSG summit to be held in Seoul on June 24th.
The Indian Prime Minister is expected to take up the issue of NSG with President Jinping on June 23, on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit to be held in Uzbekistan.
China has been opposing the entry of India into the elite nuclear group citing that it was not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty (NPT). The dragon nation argued that if the rule is relaxed for India then, the same has to be followed even in the case of Pakistan.
India has got the backing of most of the countries from the NSG including the US, Switzer land, Britain, Mexico and Italy.