Still No-entry in NSG for India, China remains unchanged on their stand
Indian Defence News: BEIJING, China on Monday said it would oppose India’s unilateral entry into the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG), pending a consensus on the membership of the nuclear weapon states that have not signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).
China’s support is crucial for India as new membership in the NSG is guided by the consensus principle. In response to a question, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “China’s position on the non-NPT member’s participation in the NSG has not changed.”
She was responding to a question about the chances of India’s admission into the grouping during the next month’s plenary session expected to take place in the Swiss capital, Bern.
“We support the NSG group following the mandate of the 2016 Seoul plenary session and following building consensus as well as the inter-governmental process is open and transparent to deal with the relevant issue in a two-step approach,” Hua said.
After India applied for membership in the NSG, Pakistan — the all-weather ally of China — also submitted its membership bid with Beijing’s backing. While India is backed by the US and a number of western countries, China maintained that new members should sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty(NPT).