China on NSG: Door is open for discussions over admission of non-NPT countries

The United States has publicly exhorted members of the NSG to support the membership of India.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 21, 2016 3:47 pm
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China on Tuesday said that the “door is open” for discussions over the admission of India and other non-NPT (non-proliferation treaty) countries to the NSG.

It, however, slammed the United States for supporting India’s bid, saying it was one of those who made the rule against the entry of non-NPT countries into NSG.

“I have not seen the US statement supporting India. But US is one of those who made the rule that non-NPT countries should not join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG),” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing.

Later, Hua reiterated that admission of new members is not on the agenda of the NSG meeting in Seoul.

“The door is open. The room is there. We never said we are against who (a country). We did not target any country, India or Pakistan,” Hua said.

The United States had earlier publicly exhorted members of the NSG to support the membership of India.

State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing that the US has not changed its stand regarding India’s membership in the elite group.

“Well, as you know, during Prime Minister Modi’s visit, the President welcomed India’s application to join the NSG and reaffirmed that India is ready for membership. We continue to call – and nothing’s changed about our position. We continue to call on the participating governments of the NSG to support India’s application at the plenary session this week in Seoul,” he said.

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar had made a two-day trip to China on June 16 and 17 to discuss India’s NSG membership with his Chinese counterpart. This visit came days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on June 23 when both leaders will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation leaders’ meeting in Tashkent.

China has maintained that more talks were needed to build a consensus on which countries can join the 48-nation NSG following the United States’ push to include India in the elite group.

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  1. Y
    Jun 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm
    Ya, it is a crime against humanity, called hindrance to truth hinduism racism.
    1. M
      Jun 21, 2016 at 11:38 am
      Most of the Upanishad readers are only as filthy intelligent as SUBRAMINION Swamy
      1. Krishnan
        Jun 21, 2016 at 1:01 pm
        It is an welcome statement and clear that China is NOT opposed to India's entry into the NSG and hope the PM's personal talks over SCO meet at Shanghai will smoothen further and let us hope for the best !!!
        1. M
          Jun 21, 2016 at 10:27 am
          China is slowly twisting words and changing its stands towards India,---and China is slowly feeling isolated feeling pressured and cornered with only one country which opposing which is pPORKISTAN while others have teamed up with America for India"s support into NSG,----great mentality work by sir MODIJI for keeping the push for membership in a little low profile just to ease the chinese PREZ rather than going hostile due to chinese twisting flip flops and double standards to test India.
          1. M
            Jun 21, 2016 at 11:34 am
            NSG or no NSG India should work with US and other democratic countries of the world. If anything. fate of a country following Democrtic path aligned more with that of other Democrtic countries even if it s not always a fast track path.
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