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India to convey disappointment over China's stand

September 06, 2008 23:44 IST

India, which was surprised by China's stand on the Indo-United States nuclear deal at the NSG meeting, will convey its disappointment to Beijing [Images], National Security Adviser M K Narayanan said on Saturday.

He pointed out that Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jienchi is visiting India next week and said that the subject will be discussed with him.

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"The (Chinese) Foreign Minister will come here and we will of course express some kind of disappointment ... saying that we expected more from them," Narayanan said.

He said he was sure the visiting Foreign Minister will have his own explanation on the issue.

"We were a little surprised about China," he said, pointing out that Chinese President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao had told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] that they would never be a part of the problem and never create difficulties for India.

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However, Nararyanan said, "We are not a one issue government" and just because China did not support India "we are not going to have problems with them".

"We cannot choose our neighbours. We have China and Pakistan as neighbours and with both of them we desire to have the best of relations," he said.

Narayanan noted that India has had problems with China in many ways but the bilateral relations have vastly improved in the last few years.

NSG nod elicits mixed reactions

Narayanan pointed out that the US was aware of India's stand on non-proliferation, disarmament and related issues and to a large extent, Britain, France [Images] and Russia [Images] too were in the know about New Delhi's [Images] position on the issues.

"But many of them (NSG countries) did not have a definitive interaction with us," he said, adding that a 'valuable suggestion' of an authoritative statement from India on the issues was made to explain where the country stood.

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"I think it (Mukherjee's statement) had an electrifying effect on the people who were not sure. It had an effect on the sceptics and straightaway two or three of them agreed," he said.

These were the countries that had stronger views on non-proliferation, disarmament and other related issues and had to be pursued, Narayanan said.

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