Doors Open for NSG Discussion with India, says China

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Hua Chunying, while talking to the Indian media said, "The admission of new members was not listed in the current meeting in Seoul."


On US backing for India’s NSG (Nuclear Supplier Group) bid, China says it wishes to play a ‘constructive role’ in discussion of membership for India in Nuclear Supplier Group but took a swipe at US for backing India. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said “We never said we are against anyone. We did not target any country, India or Pakistan.” The Nuclear Supplier Group had three rounds of unofficial discussion for the entry of India and Pakistan. China just asked 48 members to stay focused on it whether the criteria have been changed on the entry of non-NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) countries. The spokesperson said, “We care about the rules made by United States. The Nuclear Supplier Group has never put the entry application for non-NPT countries on its agenda, so it makes no sense to say that discussion about this matter is closed”. Parties are yet to see eye to eye on such issue which will help them for better understanding.

US made the rules that non-NPT countries should not join the Nuclear Supplier Group, as there is no issue related to Non Proliferation Treaty between India and China. China was asking from the Nuclear Trading club for the support of India application. The members of the Nuclear Supplier Group are allowed to trade and export the nuclear technology, so membership will help India to expand its atomic energy sector. The NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) is not essential for joining the Nuclear supplier group, after India submitted application for the membership, Pakistan also jumped into the race.

Hua Chunying, while talking to the Indian media said, “The admission of new members was not listed in the current meeting in Seoul.” India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, “The application of each country should be considered on the basis of merits” as India is confident that there will be a strong chance for her to get into this wide nuclear group this year.

There is a debate going on between the members about India’s admission to the Nuclear Supplier Group and to clear out China’s perception about India, Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar visited China to meet his Chinese Counterpart.

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