China has "endorsed" the Indo-US civil nuclear deal during the just-concluded visit of President Hu Jintao in the Capital, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said.
He also expressed confidence that Beijing will not stand in New Delhi's way in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) when it considers changing its guidelines for allowing the world community to have civil nuclear trade with India.
Mukherjee, who described Hu's visit to New Delhi as "reasonably satisfactory", indicated that India will have no problems if China has a deal with Pakistan similar to Indo-US agreement.
"China has endorsed it," Mukherjee told a news channel in an interview when asked whether the mention of "international civilian nuclear cooperation should be advanced through innovative and forward-looking approaches" in the joint declaration meant that China has endorsed the Indo-US deal.
When asked by the interviewer whether it meant that China would not stand in the way of international civilian nuclear cooperation between the NSG and India, he said, "I hope so...There is no uncertainty. I hope that they will not come in the way." When asked whether he was confident, he said, "I am confident."