Turning the screws on the Chinese to ensure compliance with the Nuclear Suppliers Group waiver on the civil nuclear deal, the External Affairs Ministry had summoned China’s ambassador to India Zhang Yan to South Block late on Friday night.
Zhang was told in no uncertain terms that India had concerns about the Chinese position at the NSG; and that Beijing should clarify its position in advance of Saturday’s meeting of the Group in Vienna. The Chinese decision not to oppose the developing consensus at the NSG was conveyed to India just hours before the Group met in Vienna at 2.30 pm IST.
A senior External Affairs Ministry official, however, tried to downplay the significance of the summons, saying India did not want to dwell on the issue.
“We want to move on,” the official took the view. National Security Adviser MK Narayanan has, of course, publicly stated that India was unhappy with the position adopted by the Chinese government.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jeichi will meet External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday.