China slams India’s stand on NPT

Spokesperson for China's External Ministry made the comments in response to Sushma Swaraj's comments in the Lok Sabha that India won't sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

By: PTI | Beijing | Published: July 21, 2016 8:43 pm
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Amid India’s assertion that it will not sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to gain entry into NSG, an adamant China said “no country should or can put itself opposite the NPT”.

“We have repeatedly stated our position on the accession of non-NPT countries into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG),” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang said, reacting to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s statement in the Lok Sabha yesterday that India will not sign the NPT.

“It is worth mentioning that China does not make the rules for how to become new members of the group. The international community has forged a consensus long ago that the NPT is the cornerstone of the international non-proliferation regime. No country should or can put itself opposite to the NPT,” Lu said.

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Swaraj had said India is engaging with China to iron out differences after Beijing created “procedural hurdles” for its entry into the 48-member NSG but made it clear that government will never ink NPT, which only recognises five countries – the US, Russia, the UK, France and China – as nuclear weapon states.

Swaraj said China had raised questions over how a non-NPT signatory could become a member of the NSG.

“But we are engaging with it. We have not stopped efforts. If someone says ‘No’ for once, it does not mean he won’t agree at all,” she said.

Lu’s comments stated that there is no change in China’s stand on the NPT and that the new members wanting to join the NSG should sign it.

Beijing in the past has insisted on consensus over the entry of new members into grouping after majority of the nuclear trading club backed India’s case.

In a setback to India’s efforts to join the grouping, the NSG plenary held in South Korea last month decided against accepting the country’s membership application after China and some other nations opposed entry of a non-NPT signatory.

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    A Santhosh
    Jul 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm
    Time to cut the cake again , named PAK . this time the sweet slice will be Balochistan . HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!
    1. R
      Jul 21, 2016 at 5:51 pm
      All RSS BJP do is propaa to cover up their;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi has HUMILIATED India and our martyrs by inviting Pak Isi to investigate their own terror on Indian soil in;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi INSULTED India by bowing to china on the uighur dissident visa;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi even managed to turn Nepal which had historically been a friend to an;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi fools indians and claims to be "personal" friend of Obama but how many times has Obama retweeted Modi's tweets to him, like he does for Canadian PM Trudeau?
      1. A
        Jul 21, 2016 at 8:30 pm
        Hey u pig!!! Either ur a Chinese or the porkistani world never loves u both cos u both r made to lick each other's like made for each other.. Just do Ur licking which is the ancestral job for both of ur great g fathers..
        1. A
          Jul 22, 2016 at 8:10 am
          The biggest Proliferator (China) is making hue and cry for the greatest democracy with outstanding;br/gt;lt;br/gt;China is the single biggest Proliferator of Nuke technology, aiding terrorists in stan (The terrorist Nation)
          1. A
            Jul 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm
            "Slams India" and you are an Indian newspaper. What a shame.
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