Will PM Narendra Modi convince China's Xi Jinping on India's NSG bid, Masood Azhar ban?

Chinese President Xi Jinping is arriving in Goa on Saturday to participate in the annual BRICS summit.

Will PM Narendra Modi convince China's Xi Jinping on India's NSG bid, Masood Azhar ban?

Benaulim: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa.

The PM is likely to raise issues such as India's National Security Guard (NSG) membership bid and China blocking United Nations ban on JeM chief and Pathankot attack mastermind Masood Azhar.

The two leaders are also likely to deliberate upon a range of key bilateral and international issues including ways to tackle the threat of terrorism besides security situation in the region.

Notably on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said in Beijing that there was no change in China's stand on India's NSG membership bid and New Delhi's attempts to get Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN.

The spokesperson said relations between India and China made "great headway" despite some "disputes" but there was no change in Beijing's stand on the issues of NSG and Azhar.

Geng said China maintains that 1267 Committee of the UN designated to ban terrorist outfits should work on true facts and make a decision according to the consensus of its members.

On the NSG issue, the spokesperson said, "China's position has not changed regarding the joining of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) by India."

Xi is arriving here tomorrow to participate in the annual BRICS summit.

Prime Minister Modi and Xi had last met on the sidelines of G-20 in Hangzhou in September.

(With PTI inputs)

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