Beijing, June 23 (IANS): China on Friday said it will oppose India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) whose plenary session is underway in Bern.
"As for non-NPT countries being admitted to the group, I can tell you there is no change in China's position," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.
At the NSG plenary session in Seoul last year, China opposed India's application to enter the 48-member NSG.
The ongoing plenary will conclude on Friday. Beijing's expected move at the session in Bern will keep New Delhi waiting for another year.
The NSG, which regulates global nuclear trade, works on the principle of consensus.
"I want to point out that the NSG has clear rules on expansion and Seoul plenary made clear mandates on how to deal with this issue. With these rules and mandates, we need to act as they dictate," Geng said.
"As for the criteria regarding admitting new members, this plenary meeting in Switzerland will follow mandate of Seoul plenary and uphold principle of decision upon consensus and continue to discuss various dimensions like technical, law, legal and political aspects of non-NPT countries admission to the group."
China has made clear in the past that it will not let India join the elite group as it is not a signatory to the Non-Nuclear-Proliferation Treaty. Beijing says if India could be let in, why not its "all weather" ally Pakistan.
India applied for membership of the NSG in May 2016.
China hopes India, US won't disturb South China Sea peace:China said it hopes India and the US will not disturb peace in the South China Sea as the issue is likely to come up between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump when they meet.
"With concerted efforts of China and Asean countries, the situation there is cooling down. We hope other countries, especially non-regional countries, can respect efforts by regional countries to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea and can play a constructive role in this regard," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.
Modi will meet Trump for the first time on June 26 and a range of issues are likely to come up, including H1B visas and terrorism.
Earlier, US Press Secretary Sean Spicer said cooperation between India and the US on Indo-Pacific region which includes the South China Sea will figure in the talks.
China is locked in a dispute with the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan over the ownership of energy-rich waters.
China claims almost 90 per cent of the sea. The US has sent its warships into the waters, asserting its freedom to navigate in the international waters.