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China ready to consider India’s NSG bid but won’t back ban on Masood Azhar

On India's effort to join NSG, Li Baodong stressed on the need to build consensus for the admission of new members in the 48-member group
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China on Monday said it is ready to jointly explore the possibility of India joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group. China’s Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong made the comments while talking to the media on President Xi’s visit to India this week to take part in the BRICS Summit in Goa, Hindustan Times has reported.

According to the same report, Li Baodong at the same time made it clear that it would not back any move by India to globally isolate Pakistan. Without naming India or Pakistan, Li Baodong said on Monday said “no country should have double standards on terrorism.”

Li made no reference to China’s extension of its “technical hold” against India’s bid to get Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar designated a terrorist by the UN Security Council.

On India’s effort to join NSG, Li Baodong stressed on the need to build consensus for the admission of new members in the 48-member group.

“On the issue of joining the NSG, China and India have all along had very good communications, and [China] is willing to have further communications with the Indian side, to increase consensus,” he said.

He added, “China is willing to jointly explore all kinds of possibilities with India, but this must accord with the charter of the NSG, and certain rules need to be respected by all sides.”

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