One the way back to India from China, President Pranab Mukherjee expressed satisfaction over the talks with the Chinese Xi Jinping and said that he hoped that China will play a positive and facilitative role in India’s pursuit of civil nuclear program to bridge the huge power deficit in the country.
He also shared that he covered the important topic of terrorism and the universal concern for growing acts of terrorism. President’s China trip and his discussion with President Si gain importance in the wake of the recent action by China in blocking a UN move to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. China has also taken a stand that India should sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) for gaining entry into elite Nuclear Suppliers Group. India has seen this as a bid to spoil India’s membership of NSG and Delhi promptly dismissed it.
However, it is a welcome gesture by both the Presidents who wish to improve upon Indo-Chinese relations that will further gain in significance during the BRICS summit in Goa in October and G20 summit in Hangzhou in September.