At one side, where Prime Minister Modi is strongly looking forward to discuss the issue of entry of India in the crucial Indo-China meet scheduled on June 24 in Tanshkent for SCO summit, the other side India received a major setback from China today at the plenary meeting of the 48- nation grouping saying, “The NSG issue is not on the agenda”.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying in Beijing said that India’s admission into NSG was not on the agenda in less than 24 hours after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had exuded hope saying in press conference to media that “we would be able to convince China to support our entry to the NSG”.
Officials in New Delhi sought to downplay the snub with the MEA Spokesperson saying that India remained “optimistic”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seemingly making all efforts for the entry of India into the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group with the backing of several other countries including Mexico, U.S and Russia.
In an interview taken by an Indian news channel, Vladimir Putin backed India’s entry into NSG membership.
The main meeting of the NSG Plenary is on June 24, which comes just after the Prime Minster Narendra Modi visit to Tanshkent for SCO summit. Modi may meet Chinese President XI Jinping during which he is expected to raise the issue of India’s entry. But, whether the discussions will get India gain the first non-NPT country entry into NSG or not, is yet to see.