Don't give India's NSG aspiration a 'political colour': Jaishankar tells China

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New Delhi, Dec 9: Terming India's bid for membership of the Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG) as "development aspiration", Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Friday said China should not give the issue a "political colour".

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Speaking at the "India-China Think-Tanks Forum" in the National Capital, the Foreign Secretary also raised the issue of terrorism and described it as a common threat faced by both India and China.

He said both countries are unable cooperate effectively in international forums on the issue of terrorism.

"As diverse and pluralistic societies, we both face threats from fundamentalist terrorism," he said.

Jaishankar said India-China border has remained "generally peaceful" in recent times due to policy parameters and guiding principles for a boundary settlement.

"Inevitably, challenges that emanate from differential logistical capabilities and a lack of commonly agreed line of actual control continue," news agency ANI quoted Jaishankar as saying.

During the Plenary meeting of the NSG , in June this year, China had stonewalled India's bid to get entry into the group on the grounds that it was a not a signatory to the NPT.

On the terrorism front, India had objected to China blocking New Delhi's move to place JeM chief Masood Azhar in the UN sanctions list.

India has time and again also raised concerns over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which passes through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

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