Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi meets Modi, Sushma


New Delhi: Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday, during which India's bid for membership of the NSG is understood to have figured among other regional and bilateral issues.

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The leaders are expected to discuss issues of mutual interests. Wang had arrived in Goa on Friday for a three-day visit to India.

When asked whether he would like to make any statement on China seeking support from India on the South China Sea dispute, Yi said, "It is up to India to decide what position to take."

Wang's visit to India is part of the regular high-level dialogue between the two countries. Both Foreign Ministers have been meeting regularly on the margins of multilateral meetings.

During their meeting, the two sides will discuss various issues of mutual interests including the upcoming multilateral meetings including G-20 Summit being held in China and BRICS Summit being held in India.

Wang had arrived in Goa yesterday on a three-day visit to India. He had met Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and discussed about preparations for the BRICS summit.

On Friday, China’s state run media had claimed that the door to India’s entry into NSG was not ‘tightly closed’.

Wang Yi had met Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar on Friday, to review the logistics and security arrangements for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s proposed visit in October to the state for the BRICS summit.

China had blocked India’s entry into the NSG earlier this year, despite considerable efforts at diplomacy by Narendra Modi and the government. Beijing’s contention was that India was not a signatory of a key nuclear non-proliferation treaty. But stressing that India and China are partners not rivals, state-run Xinhua news agency said on Friday that, “as Beijing and New Delhi head into a season of intensive top-level diplomatic encounters that could well define the future of their partnership, the two need to work together to keep their disagreements in check”.

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