China prevented India from entering the elite 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), yet Beijing has no qualms on seeking New Delhi’s help over the South China Sea dispute.
At the upcoming G20 meeting in September, China does not want a discussion on the SCS but the presence of United States in the meet means that the dispute might come up in discussions.
So Beijing wants India not to join the chorus over the debate. According to TOI, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who would be on a three-day India tour from August 12, would try to persuade India to refrain from taking part in the matter.
Last month, an international tribunal constituted under the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Seas rejected China’s claims over the region and gave a ruling that brought cheers to Philippines.
Previously, India stated that the tribunal’s decision should be effectively implemented, and all the relevant parties should cooperate in the effort.
Though Beijing succeeded in influencing ASEAN countries from taking up the matter, it is not sure of a similar act at the G20. Since the meet will be held at Chinese city of Hangzhou, the SCS matter, if it comes up, will be a huge embarrassment for China. At the G20, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be meeting US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Modi will be there on a three-day visit from September 3.