Beijing, 6 September China, which has remained non-committal on the planned Indo-US civil nuclear deal, today said the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is mulling different options to relax nuclear exports to India.
“To relax nuclear exports to India, there are still some different ideas within the NSG based on abiding by relevant international obligations to conduct the cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear energy,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu said when asked to comment on the nuclear deal.
The comments are seen as China easing perceived reservations over the deal which must get the backing of the NSG.
The 45-member NSG will have to make India-specific amendments by a consensus to allow nuclear trade with New Delhi before the deal can be operationalised.
“We believe that the relevant countries, based on abiding by international obligations, can conduct cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy,“Jiang said.
However, she emphasised that the cooperation in the nuclear field shall be conducive to the principles and maintain the effectiveness of international non-proliferation regime.
“Based on the principles, we are ready to have discussions,” Jiang said.
Last week, Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi had said that China is willing to cooperate with all countries on the peaceful use of nuclear energy within the IAEA safeguards.
Yang had made the comment during a meeting here on 31 August when an India-China Eminent Persons Group (EPG) when the members called on him.