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China 'encourages' India to meet standards of Nuclear Suppliers Group

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-01-27 10:34

BEIJING -- China "encourages" India to take further steps to satisfy the access standards of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a group committed to promoting non-proliferation, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Monday.

Spokeswoman Hua Chunying's remarks in the ministry's routine press briefing came after US President Barack Obama said the United States is in favor of India joining the 48-member NSG during his India tour .

China supports the NSG carrying out discussions on opening its door to new members, Hua said. India's membership is an important issue requiring careful deliberation by all members.

China has taken note of India's commitment and efforts on promoting non-proliferation, Hua said. .

Expansion of the NSG's membership should be in accordance with its standards and procedures while bettering the group's effectiveness and credibility.

Speaking on Obama's visit to India, Hua said China hopes the development of the US-India ties will be conducive to mutual trust and cooperation between regional countries and regional peace, stability and prosperity.

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