External Affairs

Xi, Modi to Meet on Sidelines of SCO Summit in Tashkent

Credit: PTI

Credit: PTI

Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Tashkent beginning on June 23, during which India is expected to seek China’s support for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

“We will release relevant information in due course,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on June 22.

The spokesperson said the two leaders would be meeting on the sidelines of the SCO summit in the capital city of Uzbekistan.

During his meeting with Xi, Modi is expected to seek China’s support for India’s bid for membership of the NSG, which Beijing is keen on blocking. Hua, however, refuted the perception that China was blocking India’s entry into the NSG.

“With regard to India’s entry into the NSG, I would like to correct that the word China blocking India’s membership is not proper,” she said.

“In the NSG agenda, we have never seen the topic of non-NPT countries entry. So it does not make sense to say we block the entry,” she said.

“All the countries are concerned about this issue and various issues related to entry of non-NPT countries into the NSG have been discussed through friends of chair presided over by the chair of the NSG,” she said.

“We hope that relevant discussion will keep going and Chinese side will take constructive part in the discussion,” she said.