<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the meeting of National Security Advisors of two countries, top officials of India and China held second round of talks in Beijing on Monday to discuss India’s entry into the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). China has been vetoing India’s bid citing rules that no country outside the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) can be given membership of the nuclear supplier club. They are also arguing that, since the NSG was formed due to India’s nuclear activities, the group needs to look at rules and consider applications for other countries as well. In September, China held Arms Control Consultation with Pakistan in which Islamabad’s application for NSG membership was discussed and putting forward Pakistan’s views and inputs to the group for consideration was also indicated.Sources said that talks between the Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security) Amandeep Singh Gill, and Director General of Department of Arms Control in the Chinese Foreign Office, Wang Qun, were substantive and constructive. “The engagement will continue as per the directive of the leadership,” sources said, indicating there had not been much headway. The talks were held a day before India’s NSA. Ajit Doval is due to hosts his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi in Hyderabad later this week.India has once again asserted to the Chinese that its implementation of NPT principles was “second to none”. There is a possibility of beginning informal consultations on India’s membership in a NSG panel, headed by Argentine Ambassador Rafael Grossi, in the next two months . In the June plenary of NSG in Seoul, despite strong American support, China stonewalled India’s bid to enter the group.Wang, who was the Chief negotiator for China in the South Korea meet, had told that signing the NPT “is a must”, maintaining that the rule had been set by the international community. Wang had also warned, “if exceptions are allowed here or there on the question of NPT, the international non- proliferation regime will collapse altogether”.At the meeting of NSAs, India is also expected to raise the issue of China’s technical hold on India’s move to bring about a UN ban on the Jaiseh-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. Also, India has been protesting the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). While India is concerned about the Pakistan factor creeping into India-China relations making the bilateral ties more complex, China too is airing its apprehensions over the move to boycott Chinese goods in India, as well as the visit of US Ambassador Richard Verma to New Delhi, and Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, to Arunachal Pradesh.

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Ahead of NSA talks, India-China discuss NSG membership