External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said India will not oppose the entry of Pakistan or any other country into the NSG but asserted that the decision on all applications should be decided on merits.
We are hopeful that we will succeed in convincing China too, she told media. Answering questions, she said China would not oppose to India's entry into the 48-nation NSG but it was only talking about the criteria procedures.
Sushma Swaraj's remarks came close on the heels of External Affairs Secretary S. Jaishankar's visit to Beijing to discuss India's NSG bid with Chinese government.
State-run Chinese media has said that Beijing was opposed to India becoming a member of the NSG when it had not signed the NPT -- unless its nuclear armed rival Pakistan was also taken on board.
To a question on Pakistan also trying to get NSG membership, the minister said, "Look, India is not a member in the group. But we will not oppose entry of any other country. What we want is all the applications are decided on their own merits."
However, Sushma Swaraj countered Beijing's stand over criteria saying, Instead of talking about criteria in our case, there should be talk about relations.