Hopeful we can convince China on NSG membership issue, says Sushma Swaraj

Asked about Pakistan’s application to the NSG, Swaraj said that India, being a non-member, cannot comment on its entry and role.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 20, 2016 4:55 am
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and General VK Singh in New Delhi on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and General VK Singh in New Delhi on Sunday. (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

TWO days after Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar wound up a quiet two-day visit to China, where he met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, India on Sunday suggested that its chances of joining the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) may have brightened.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that China was “not opposing” India’s membership and was talking about “criteria and process” for becoming an NSG member.

“China is not opposing membership of India in NSG, it is only talking of criteria and procedure. I am hopeful that we would be able to convince China as well to support our entry to the NSG,” Swaraj told reporters.

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“I think that there is a consensus which is being made and I am sure that India will become the member of the NSG this year,” she said, adding that membership to the NSG was “crucial for India’s energy policy”.

“I am in contact with 23 nations, one or two have raised concerns, but I think consensus is there,” said Swaraj.

The issue of India’s membership will be discussed at a plenary meeting of the elite group on June 23-24 in Seoul.

Government sources told The Indian Express that during Jaishankar’s visit on June 16-17, Chinese officials were “receptive” and “listened” to what he had to say.

Asked about Pakistan’s application to the NSG, Swaraj said that India, being a non-member, cannot comment on its entry and role. “But, we will not oppose the entry of any nation to the NSG. We think that the application of each country should be considered on the basis of merit,” said Swaraj.

Earlier, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup confirmed that Jaishankar visited Beijing on June 16-17 “for bilateral consultations with his Chinese counterpart”. “All major issues, including India’s NSG membership, were discussed,” Swarup said.

China has strongly opposed India’s application for NSG membership, saying that New Delhi is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), while India has showcased its “impeccable track record” on nuclear non-proliferation.

Over the last few weeks, India has made a determined push to get member countries of the NSG onboard, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Switzerland and Mexico to garner their support.

However, Turkey, South Africa, Ireland and New Zealand had raised questions on India’s application at the June 9-10 extraordinary plenary session in Vienna.

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    Jun 20, 2016 at 5:37 am
    Strong India is answer to everything.For that strong Economy,strong Armed forces and above all nationalism among the people of India which is lacking now due to fact that all political parties are only interested in coming to power ignoring above things.Congress Party does not want to p its own GST Bill when other party is in power.This narrowness of all parties keeps India backward. However Narendra Modi is trying everything to bring India with other Super power.Basicall China does not want to see India is progressing rapidly or challenge its power.So it opposes India's entry into NSG taking shelter of stan.
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      Avinash Agrawal
      Jun 20, 2016 at 4:45 am
      After visiting, a few main countries by our PM, to seek support for the permanent seat in the NSG for India's nuclear power energy power, is expected to have fruitful results in the coming meeting in ul . As, NSG have US, UN, China, France and Russia as its prominent member, if we just extract, the PM visit to various countries, one can found that PM had visit US almost 4-5 times, France and Russia for 2 times and UK and China for 1 time (and may be more upcoming scheduled meeting in future for India's interest). India's continue efforts for seeking a seat as a prominent member is expected to benefit due to its International Policies, Look-East Policies which helped India to be more optimistic about the core issue. In the meantime, China will also got the international pressure from their NSG partners because of its (India's) good bilateral relation in various fields of trades, technologies, cultural and many more. So internally there are many reasons to have fruitful summit in ul for India.
      1. Narender Balda
        Jun 20, 2016 at 3:26 am
        Good for your partime job with aap. Comment on anything and everything without understanding, that is the job of brainwashed apptards.
        1. Mayur Panghaal
          Jun 20, 2016 at 3:14 am
          Modi had tasked his feku army with lobbying US cong to allow feku to address them.All other stories of swiss agreeing to black money information ,nsg was just a bogey to hide real motive of trip
          1. Mayur Panghaal
            Jun 20, 2016 at 3:11 am
            Stop play acting and drama !! U know very well china wants pak also to be included.And you have accepted tht condition.Shame on two forked tongues like y.
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