NEW DELHI: With doubts raising over China’s stance on India’s entry into the elite group of the NSG, sources said that the Indian Prime Minister had on Sunday reached out to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, in a phone call. Russia has been supportive in majority of India’s global ambitions from UN security council to the NSG deal.
As per the sources, the two leaders have decided to deepen their already strong bilateral ties through a strategic partnership in business and other international affairs. It has been reported that the Indian Prime Minister will soon fly to Moscow in a fresh-leg of his diplomatic tour, before the annual plenary summit of the NSG members.
Modi is also planning a meeting with the Chinese President IX Jinping, on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Tashkent. Critics opined that the question of whether China supports India or not will depend on the outcome of the meeting.
However, China appears to have only hardened in its approach towards India’s NSG entry. In a recent statement the Chinese Foreign ministry spokesperson said, ” There are no other thoughts on the NSG. We have already made it clear that all other countries who wants to be a member of the NSG, must sign the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Our stance will remain the same forever”.
“We are not targeting any country in particular. Our approach would be the same for all the countries who apply for a membership in the NSG”, he added.
China’s move appears to be to delay the entire NSG process until next year. The final decision of China on whether to support India or not, will be made on one factor i.e., “How much China values the India relationship”.
It has been reported that the main opposition to India has been from two countries, China and Turkey. Since, both of them have a good relationship with Pakistan, their support to India is always doubtful.