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Strategic Dialogue between India and China on 22 February

Strategic Dialogue between India and China on 22 February . India said yesterday that points of frictions with China, like issues related to the NSG and the 1267 committee, will be raised in the dialogue. How do you respond to that? What will China touch upon during the dialogue?

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson

A: The Indian media have been closely following the listing issue in the 1267 committee and the issue of India's application for the NSG membership. I would like to restate China's position which has been told many times.

*On the listing issue in the 1267 committee*, all parties are deliberating on the renewed application recently filed by relevant countries to the committee but have not yet reached consensus. What I want to stress is that the Chinese side participates in relevant discussions in the principle of objectiveness, impartiality and professionalism. Be it India's listing application last year or other countries' application this year, China's position and attitude remains the same. We have but one standard in listing terrorists, that is to take the move based on solid facts. Without facts, it would be difficult for Security Council members to reach consensus. It also shows that China develops its position in relevant discussions based on the merits of the issue rather than its relations with India.

As for India's application for the NSG membership, we have been saying that the Chinese side sticks to the two-step approach which requires the NSG members to work out a solution applicable to all non-NPT states, and on that basis, to deliberate on specific non-NPT states' joining. India and all the other applicants are subject to the same standard.

Finally, I want to stress that both the listing issue and the NSG issue are in essence multilateral ones instead of bilateral ones between China and India. We hope that India understands China's attitude and position on them.

Both being developing countries, China and India have extensive converging interests. China-India cooperation not only benefits the two countries and peoples, but also serves the interests of the whole region and solidarity and cooperation of the whole developing world. Differences between China and India are inevitable, but through various forms of in-depth exchanges, including the upcoming Strategic Dialogue, differences can be minimized and new agreement can be reached on further cooperation.


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