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India, China hold substantive and constructive talks on India's NSG bid

News Agencies | First published: 31 October 2016, 16:40 IST
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India and China, on 31 October, during the second round of talks between their top nuclear experts in Beijing discussed "substantive and constructive" discussions on India's bid for Nuclear Suppliers Group membership.

Following the first such meeting in New Delhi on 13 September, India and China continued their discussions on the NSG issue in Beijing today when JS (Disarmament and International Security) Amandeep Singh Gill met Director General of Department of Arms Control Wang Qun, sources said.

"The talks were substantive and constructive. The engagement will continue as per the directive of the leadership," sources said.

During the talks, India once again asserted to the Chinese side that its implementation of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) principles was "second to none".

Today's talks come ahead of a possible informal consultations in the next two months on India's membership in a NSG panel, headed by Argentine Ambassador Rafael Grossi.

In the June Plenary of NSG in Seoul, despite strong American support, China stonewalled India's bid to gain entry into the group on the grounds that it was a not a signatory to the NPT.

Wang, who was the Chief negotiator for China in the South Korea meet, had told reporters that signing of the NPT "is a must", maintaining that the rule has not been set by China but by the international community.

 
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