All countries have right to peaceful uses of 'N' energy: China

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New Delhi, Sep 8 (UNI) Two days after the reported opposition by China to the waiver for India at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Beijing today sought to clear the misunderstanding saying it had always maintained that all countries had the right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

However, at the same time, the relevant cooperation should contribute to upholding the integrity and effectiveness of the international non-proliferation system, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in an apparent move to assauge India's feelings as the Foreign Ministers of the two countries met here today.

At the September 4-6 NSG Plenary in Vienna, which approved a waiver for India for nuclear trade with the world, China had reportedly expressed its opposition to the waiver.

India later expressed disappointment at the Chinese stand, saying it was contradictory to what Beijing had assured New Delhi.

Officials here quoted the Chinese Foreign Ministry as having said that China had always participated in relevant NSG meetings with a ''responsible and constructive attitude''.

A statement issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that on September 6, the NSG, after deliberations, adopted by consensus, the statement on Indian civilian nuclear cooperation and decided to lift nuclear export restrictions to India.

The statement said that China hoped the NSG decision would contribute to international cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and preventing nuclear proliferation.

''The Chinese side has always maintained that all countries have the right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy and international cooperation towards that end. At the same time, the relevant cooperation should contribute to upholding the integrity and effectiveness of the international non-proliferation system...The Chinese side hopes that the above decision will contribute to international cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and preventing nuclear proliferaton,'' the statement said.

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