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China's approach at NSG is behind us now: India

Source: PTI
September 19, 2008 23:25 IST
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India on Friday said that it has put behind it the negative approach of China at the Nuclear Suppliers Group meeting in Vienna, which granted a waiver to New Delhi for civil nuclear trade.

"I think that is behind us now," Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon told reporters in New Delhi when he was asked whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would raise the issue with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao when they meet in New York next week.

Inscrutable China

Pointing out that the NSG meeting had turned out well, he said at the end, "everybody went with the consensus."

China tried to block the consensus at the NSG meeting but finally came round to supporting the initiative for India after New Delhi issued a demarche to it well past midnight on September 5, the second day of the NSG meeting.

Why China did what it did at NSG

Expressing India's anger, Finance Minister P Chidambaram had said on Wednesday that China adopted a negative attitude at the NSG meeting and was an unpredictable  neighbour.

Menon said the agenda of talks between Singh and Wen would be development of bilateral relations and resolving bilateral issues, including the boundary question.

India conveys displeasure to China over NSG role

The two leaders will also discuss larger global issues on which India and China have common interest, the foreign secretary said.

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