Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tashkent

Tashkent, June 23: The prime minister is on a two-day visit to attend the annual summit of the SCO with an aim to expand India’s engagement with the China-dominated grouping in areas of security, defence and energy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Earlier in the day, PM Modi was welcomed by Uzbekistan Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The prime minister is on a two-day visit to attend the annual summit of the SCO with an aim to expand India’s engagement with the China-dominated grouping in areas of security, defence and energy.

In the two-day summit that begins today, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) will start the process of India’s accession to the grouping as a full-fledged member along with Pakistan.

However, the spotlight is on Modi’s bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping later in the day during which the Prime Minister is expected to seek China’s support for India’s membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) that controls access to sensitive nuclear technology.

Giving clear indications of its opposition to India’s bid for entry into the atomic trading club, China had yesterday underlined the differences within NSG members, saying “parties are yet to see eye-to-eye on this issue”. It, however, said it will play a constructive role in the discussions.

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