In a last try to win the support from Dragon country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged China to make a “fair and objective” assessment of India’s bid for the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), which Beijing has so far blocked.
In his meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Tashkent, PM Modi said China should contribute to the “emerging consensus” in Seoul over India’s admission, which is being backed by the US, France and most other members of the elite 48-member nuclear club.
Refusing to divulge more on what transpired between Modi and Jinping, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “It is a complex and delicate negotiation process that’s going on in #Seoul. We should wait.”
Meanwhile, in Seoul, the NSG is expected to hold a special session to discuss India’s application for the NSG membership.
Multiple diplomatic sources have confirmed to media that a special session has been convened at 9:00 pm local time after the Head of Delegation dinner.
Sources said that ‘urgent items’ would be brought up for consultations, indicating India’s NSG bid is likely to figure prominently. This despite China’s statements over the last few days that membership of any non-signatory to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty will not be discussed in Seoul.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar reached Seoul on Wednesday for a final diplomatic push ahead of the NSG meeting.