Important issues discussed
1.China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
Ms. Swaraj conveyed India’s concerns on the CPEC which runs through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and is fast emerging as a strategic lifeline between Islamabad and Beijing.
2.End to China’s opposition to blacklisting Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Hafiz Saeed under UN. Hafiz Saeed is believed to be behind mumbai terror attacks.
Ms. Swaraj also “urged” China to reconsider its opposition to India’s UN-level campaign to blacklist Pakistan-based terror mastermind Masood Azhar, who is wanted for his role in multiple terror attacks including the January 2 attack on the airbase in Pathankot.
3. The proposed talks featuring the Directors-General on disarmament issues on both sides would be a new track to convince China about India’s needs to be integrated into the global nuclear technology market (Nuclear Suppliers Group) for addressing the growing domestic demand for energy.
The proposal for a separate track for discussion on nuclear issues came weeks after India failed to get into the NSG during the June 23-24 plenary of the organisation in Seoul.
India had said “only one country” (indirectly referring to China) had raised a procedural objection to India’s inclusion into the NSG. China had opposed India’s candidature saying that its application for membership lacked merit as India had not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Saturday’s declaration for a separate track for discussion on the Nuclear Suppliers Group is significant as it means that the issue will receive more immediate bilateral attention. So far, India and China maintained the mechanism of bilateral dialogue at the level of Special Representatives (SR), which covers comprehensive diplomatic and strategic affairs.