India raises CPEC, NSG concerns with top Chinese envoy

Published: August 14, 2016
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yei with Indian counter part Sushma Swaraj. PHOTO: REUTERS

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yei with Indian counter part Sushma Swaraj. PHOTO: REUTERS

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday raised New Delhi’s concerns on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during a three-hour-long meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

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Swaraj made it clear India would “resolutely oppose” CPEC which runs through Indian-claimed territory in ‘Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’ (PoK). The statement comes after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asserted, at an all-party meeting in New Delhi, that “PoK belongs to India.”

India also took up China’s blocking of its bid for the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) membership and Beijing’s opposition to UN sanctions against Jaish-e-Muhammed chief Masood Azhar.

Swaraj highlighted India’s efforts of meeting the clean energy goals in the context of COP-21 which “qualifies it for NSG membership”. India offered to discuss any technical issues or concerns China may have regarding its eligibility for the Group’s membership bid.

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China had scuttled India’s bid for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at the plenary meeting of the 48-nation grouping in June on the grounds that it was not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), evoking a strong reaction from India. “China is the only country that put a road block to India’s NSG membership,” India protested.

Swaraj also raised the issue of China blocking India’s efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar, alleged mastermind of the Mumbai and Pathankot terror attacks, banned by the UN.

“China’s technical hold on listing of Masood Azhar in the UNSC 1267 Committee was also taken up. China was urged to revisit its technical hold in line with its own professed zero-tolerance towards terrorism,” TOI reported.

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The Chinese side, however, remained unmoved on both issues. On NSG, Wang conveyed China’s persistence with India’s signing of the NPT, while on Masood Azhar, he asked India to “sort it out” with Pakistan.

Interestingly, the Chinese foreign minister had not visited to discuss the issues raised by India. He was reportedly more focused on getting India’s cooperation at the forthcoming multilateral summits like G-20, BRICS, East Asia Summit etc in the coming months.

This article originally appeared on Times of India.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • Bharatiya Australian
    Aug 14, 2016 - 12:04PM

    Chinese are smart people…They will consider India’s concerns seriously as they know India is the only Asian giant who has influence over Japan Vietnam Phillipines Malaysia all at the same time in relation to Chinese concerns regarding South China Sea issue. Time will show result.Recommend

  • roadkashehzada
    Aug 14, 2016 - 12:10PM

    yes baby, sort it out with pakistanRecommend

  • lol
    Aug 14, 2016 - 12:25PM

    So Chinese are back in courting India, as they know that India deserve whatever it asks, unlike Pakistan who is happy with the ‘secret financial’ agreement of $46 billion CPEC loan by Chinese.Recommend

  • Andy
    Aug 14, 2016 - 12:42PM

    The impression in the end is being created as if Chinese FM arrived in India to discuss some simple issues like BRICS, G20 etc… NO! Chinese are extremely worried about South China Sea gang up against them. If India and US enter, things would be too difficult for them. They’re just wooing India to not join the opposite camp. India here can play her cards wisely and put pressure back on the Chinese! NSG support would be the first low hanging fruit that the Chinese will deliver!!Recommend

  • Rajesh
    Aug 14, 2016 - 1:03PM

    Indians do not trust these chinkies, as they are not reliable.Recommend

  • point
    Aug 14, 2016 - 1:19PM

    You indians always know the reality even more than what is real!!Recommend

  • point
    Aug 14, 2016 - 1:20PM

    Maybe JF17 thunder also belongs to india and Pakistan Occupied it!!. Maybe over 1 million people asking for freedom in Kashmir are actually Pakistanis who crossed the world strictest border by riding birds!!Recommend

  • pakistani bloach
    Aug 14, 2016 - 1:31PM

    bhartiya australian : No chinese are not worried about india getting invloved in south “CHINA” sea because they can easily take himachal pardesh aksai e cheen to put indians right in to there place where they belong and while india will be busy there with chinese, pakistan can easily take indian occupied kashmir and librate Gujrat, Haiderabad which belongs to pakistan as per rules set by ENglish in 1997. taking benefit of crumbling indian governement, Asam, chateesgard and khalistan can announce their independence from hindu rule SO stay out of south china sea and cpec.Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Aug 14, 2016 - 1:53PM

    China needs India on South Seas, where it’s all aloof. India very rightly in it’s terms will negotiate Azhar (Terrorist) Issue, CPEC (Runs in disputed region of Kashmir) and NSG…
    The dragon’s tail is under the elephant’s foot.
    P.S – On World affairs/stage in the longer terms, China needs India’s dependence and not Pakistan.Recommend

  • Andy
    Aug 14, 2016 - 2:27PM

    Don’t blabber. If you’ve something informative, share it. Beijing was playing hard at NSG meet keeping in mind, it would eventually trade the NSG support to India in exchange for India’s non-opposition to Beijing on South China Sea dispute. They know well how to handle Pak when they support Indian bid in NSG. It’s all business bud, not your strongest virtue! Recommend

  • Zee
    Aug 14, 2016 - 2:46PM

    LOL, good to see india having sleepless nights and now begging to mighty ChineseRecommend

  • Noor
    Aug 14, 2016 - 2:50PM

    Oh sure Chinese would listen to indians’ propaganda against Pakistan … LOL. And China blocked your entry into NSG because of your deceitful and non-trusting past. Remember india stole heavy water from Canadian provided reactor that was under IAEA restrictions, to carry out nuclear explosion. Don’t forget your shameful past before crying foul.Recommend

  • Zen
    Aug 14, 2016 - 2:52PM

    @pakistani bloach:
    Why do you need China’s support to grab. You claim to be a regional superpower. Is it all an eyewash?Recommend

  • Human
    Aug 14, 2016 - 3:29PM

    The real face of India although some of us even now won’t bother it. Can anyone from the other side of the border explain Indian “concerns” on CPEC?? Be mature and try to accomodate with your neighbours although you won’t do either…
    Happy independence day to my country fellows and long live Pakistan.Recommend

  • Indian
    Aug 14, 2016 - 3:34PM

    Rightly said – the dragon’s tail is under the elephant’s foot. Chinese will get spit of a support in G 20 and elsewhere.

    Chinki babies the game is over in S china sea…you know we can create a huge trouble for u if we decide to join the anti stinki chinki gang…just luk at pakistan’ condition nw nd u’ll realize.Recommend

  • Aug 14, 2016 - 4:05PM

    Indians always have mean approach. They cannot get away from the fear of Pakistan. 1000 years of slavery have deep mental effects. Recommend

  • Sundeep
    Aug 14, 2016 - 4:31PM

    Just wondering how long will we rely on China? There is need rather utmost need to clear out terriorist sancturies that are, one way or other, based in Pakistani soil. No matter who sponspors them. Its high time to get rid of them once and for all and focus on growth, development and economic prosperity.Recommend

  • Gaz
    Aug 14, 2016 - 4:46PM

    Honestly Indians are so deluded in their own self importantance. A country with a GDP per capita of around 1700 dollars is not a rich country, it’s like putting GDP of whole of Africa together coming up with a large figure then saying oh look Africa is such a rich placeRecommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 14, 2016 - 4:50PM

    Just like a Hindu baniya, idiots they cannot handling the existing Endia and thinking of claiming zad Kashmir, listen We will take back IOK, see what is happening in IOK and see how peaceful Azad Kashimir is, this is the difference when u try to forcefully rule the people and when people loves to live with u. btw forget about CPEC its almost done, and remember as said earlier India will only get the NSG membership if Pakistan is offered the same. else keep dreaming. or on a serious note be ready for a war.Recommend

  • Tom
    Aug 14, 2016 - 5:09PM

    He came to India, not the other way around. I am sure pakistanis can’t understand the implication.!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Zee
    Aug 14, 2016 - 8:27PM

    @Tom: so what, you guys are still begging him about Pakistan and NSG … implications are lost on you – the Pakistan obsessed indian trolls:)Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Aug 14, 2016 - 8:38PM

    What you don’t know, and what your leaders are not telling you, is that your application in NSG has cost you $300 million.Recommend

  • Bad wolf
    Aug 14, 2016 - 8:38PM

    O somebody is crying!Recommend

  • whatever
    Aug 14, 2016 - 8:51PM

    seems it going to repeat 71. Baluchistan is boiling and Pakistanis are busy in Kashmir. Pakistanis already lost half of its land still not learnt the lesson.Recommend

  • Sandip
    Aug 14, 2016 - 8:57PM

    @pakistani bloach: Yeah? And India will take Sindh, Balochistan and KPK as compensation from you. Ready for that?Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Aug 14, 2016 - 9:34PM

    There is another news in today’s ET that says Ishaq Dar wants to give warm welcome to Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is likely to visit Islamabad this month to attend the Regional Finance Ministers Conference.

    Why is this?

    It is because these are the orders from China. China’s Foreign Minister is now visiting India and is trying to pacify India. China fears that India will join USA and others and oppose China at every forum on China’s claims of South China Sea and its military ambitions by making Gwadar its naval base.Recommend

  • Aug 14, 2016 - 10:07PM

    baby is cryingRecommend

  • Kirman
    Aug 14, 2016 - 10:10PM

    India is trying hard to get entry into the NSG, a 48-nation club dedicated to curbing nuclear arms proliferation by controlling the export of weapon-producing material. A number of NSG member states, including China, argue that signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is a prerequisite for NSG membership.Recommend

  • Apoorv
    Aug 14, 2016 - 10:39PM

    @Shahid Akram: learn your history mate (guess they don’t teach it in Pakistan). 1000 years back your ancestors would’ve been hindu as well and no slavery was involved.Recommend

  • Pops
    Aug 14, 2016 - 10:59PM

    Woah keyboard warrior. India is spelled with I or is that the madrassah education?
    Ask any PIA pilot how they anounce their presence and they will say Papa India Alpha.

    India has been around for thousands of years and will be for thousands more. Don’t even think about war, Pakistan won’t be around if there is another war. It nearly wasn’t in 1971.
    (If Indhira Ghandi had it her way)Recommend

  • Big mouth
    Aug 15, 2016 - 1:48AM

    Keep you boasts to yourself. You cannot keep Kashmir, you won’t be able to afford Sindh, Baluchistan and KPK. If Kashmir is giving India a migraine, you don’t know these areas, they’ll give you terminal cancer. Want to try it?@Sandip: Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Aug 15, 2016 - 3:21AM

    As per TOI, India to re start the negotiation for NSG entry. This is after Indian FM’s meeting with Chinese FM. Oh well, this only tells me one thing, India is getting into NSG very soon. Pakistanis are going to swallow a bitter pill when China calls Pakistan to explain the situation. India would keep the antenna up to make sure NSG entry goes through before declaring that all nations should work together in SCS and would try to make sure the friendly countries like Vietnam/Phillipines etc do not get the raw deal.Recommend

  • Sid
    Aug 15, 2016 - 3:54AM

    India needs to oppose China in G20, as China did for NSG. Chine needs to be talked in the language it understands. It talks about rules, then lets play “by rules”. Recommend

  • James Khan
    Aug 15, 2016 - 4:03AM

    For all the unnecessary bullying China did with India it will now realize how much it needs India’s support for it’s geo-political pickle it is in right now. India should not support China in BRICS and G20. China can not be trusted for support in NSG, hence it is right time for India to teach China a lesson in geo politics.
    China will sooner than later find that it important to support India in forums like NSG. As predicted, India will soon be NSG member and Pakistan will not be able to do anything about it but pass resolutions in it’s senate which has zero leverage and importance in world politics.Recommend

  • Open your eyes
    Aug 15, 2016 - 4:08AM

    Stop chest thumping and narcissistic boasts. It’s Pakistan which is standing between you and the terrorists. At the moment they attack us, no Pakistan means you people will directly become the target of terrorists. We are the barrier otherwise you’ll get to know the price of flour and vegetables.@Pops: Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Aug 15, 2016 - 6:19AM

    Don’t you think if you could take Indian Kashmir from India, you would have done by now? Since India still has Kashmir, what does it tell you about your army? I think your army is not ready for another punishment. It has had enough. Of course it can only try sneak attacks like Kargill but other than that, it does not have it in it to face Indian army. Your army is only good to kick your politician’s rear or running businesses. Other than that, well don’t put too much on bet on your army.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Aug 15, 2016 - 6:22AM

    You are grossly mistaken. There was no NSG nor IAEA when India used enriched Uranium from nuclear reactors of INDIA provided by Canada. By the way, if you are such highly moral people, how do you explain that thief AQ Khan and that sneak Musharraf who made AQ Khan a scapegoat and got him house arrested? Recommend

  • Titan
    Aug 15, 2016 - 6:34AM

    @Hassan: You seem to be clearly delusional like many of your countrymen. We know education & intelligence isn’t your strong suit but you should at least look around & realize your aukaat in this world. No country in the world has any respect for you & considers you a hub of terrorism, one of the most dangerous & failed states and yet you dream about Kashmir & India. I say its good, keep spending all your resources, efforts & time on Kashmir & India and very soon your country will disintegrate like Soviet Union. Keep it up.Recommend

  • Abbas
    Aug 15, 2016 - 10:11AM

    @Sandip: Daydreamer…hahahaRecommend

  • Unknown
    Aug 15, 2016 - 11:46AM

    @Bharatiya Australian:

    I think you have serious reading deficiency syndrome. Read it again
    “The Chinese side, however, remained unmoved on both issues.”Recommend

  • Hassan
    Aug 15, 2016 - 2:21PM

    This is such a shameful act, ‪#‎India‬. ‪#‎MissEarthIndia‬ shows clips from ‪#‎Nepal‬ and calls it India. Either she doesn’t know or she did this on purpose; we, Nepalese have the right to say, “Miss Earth India, you’re cheating!”

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