New Delhi: In a major diplomatic snub for India’s advent into the Nuclears Suppliers Group (NSG), China has ‘rejected’ India’s overtures for its inclusion into the NSG by saying that NSG was not in the agenda during the discussion of 48-member bloc meets in Seoul.
Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj had said on Sunday that China was not against India’s inclusion into the NSG.
Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had a discreet visit to China to diplomatically convince the neighbouring country to welcome India into the NSG. But his Chinese counterpart has even denied the conundrum by saying that the discussion on NSG was not even on the agenda.
Chinese state-run media have long criticised India’s advent into the NSG and they have termed it as a growing threat to stability in South Asia. India was looking forward to get the nod from China ahead of the elite group meeting scheduled to take place in Seoul, Korea.
Prominent NSG countries have vocalised their strong support for India’s inclusion into the NSG. US, Mexico, Switzerland and Britain have all practically voiced their support for India.
However, because of China’s strong strategic relationship with Pakistan and the belief that India’s NSG bid might hinder international relations, China must have been vocal about their opposition.