In­dia hopes China will sup­port its Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group bid

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Shishir Gupta

NEW DELHI: Af­ter pos­i­tive indi­ca­tions on In­dia’s en­try into the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group (NSG) emerged from the Vi­enna pre­lim­i­nary meet­ing that con­cluded on Fri­day, New Delhi hopes China will come on board at the ple­nary meet­ing in Seoul on June 24.

In­dia does not con­sider Bei­jing a road­block to its en­try into the nu­clear ex­port regime. While China has raised the is­sue of non-NPT mem­bers joining the NSG, In­dia has no in­ten­tion to po­larise the 48-mem­ber body and be­lieves Bei­jing will come around to sup­port­ing its mem­ber­ship claim, sources said.

Though Bei­jing’s pos­ture could take the is­sue to the wire, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi is ex­pected to take it up with Chi­nese pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping on the side­lines of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (SCO) sum­mit in Tashkent on June 23-24.

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