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India issues demarche to China

delhi Updated: Sep 07, 2008 20:20 IST
Nuclear Suppliers Group

In the midst of the tense negotiations at Vienna where China created problems in the waiver in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), India had conveyed its unhappiness to Beijing through a demarche.

Informed sources said that India made known its disappointment to China which had joined hold-out countries -- Austria, New Zealand, Ireland and Switzerland -- who wanted their concerns to be reflected in the waiver.

India got the waiver after a consensus among NSG members at the end of five rounds of negotiations and a statement by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee re-affirming India's strong commitment to non-proliferation goals.

Mukherjee had also assured the global community that India remained committed to a voluntary, unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing.

The tough negotiations at Vienna went down to the wire after China, which had sounded positive in the run-up to the NSG meeting, took a different line creating problems for a consensus on the waiver.

The Chinese team finally veered around after US President George W Bush spoke to his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao.

This issue is expected to come up during talks Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will have on Monday with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Yang will also call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

India, which was surprised by China's stand on the Indo-US nuclear deal at the NSG meeting and will convey its disappointment to the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister.

National Security Adviser (NSA) MK Narayanan had said India was surprised by China's stand on the Indo-US nuclear deal at the NSG meeting.