NSG divided on non-NPT nations like India becoming members: China

China has maintained that non-NPT signatories should not be admitted into NSG.

Written by PTI | Beijing | Updated: June 13, 2016 5:06 am
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Despite US pushing for India’s NSG membership, on Sunday China said members of the elite club “remain divided” on the issue of non-NPT countries joining it and insisted that there “was no deliberation” on the bid by India and other nations at the Vienna meeting.

While referring to the Vienna meeting that took place a week ago, the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Hong Lei said, “There was no deliberation on any items related to the accession to the NSG by India or any other countries that are not signatories to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).”

He further said that the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Chair Argentine Ambassador Rafael Mariano Grossi convened an unofficial meeting of the 48-member group on June 9.

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“The Chair said that this meeting has no agenda and is only convened to heed opinions from all parties on the outreach of the NSG and prepare for a report to be submitted at the NSG Plenary Meeting in Seoul to be held on June 24” he said.

However, diplomatic sources in Vienna had said earlier that India’s membership was discussed at the meeting and talks had remained inconclusive.

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China has maintained that non-NPT signatories should not be admitted into NSG on the grounds that it would undermine efforts to prevent proliferation.

Calling for “full discussions” within the NSG to reach an agreement on India’s admission, Hong said China would take part in the deliberations in a “constructive manner”.

“China has noted that some non-NPT countries aspire to join the NSG but when it comes to the accession by non-NPT countries, China maintains that the group should have full discussions before forging consensus and making decisions based on agreement,” he said.

“The NPT provides a political and legal foundation for the international non-proliferation regime as a whole. China’s position applies to all non-NPT countries and targets no one in particular,” Hong said, without directly mentioning India’s application to join the Vienna-based group.

China has been reportedly backing Pakistan’s bid to join the nuclear trading club.

Also Read | China leads opposition to India joining Nuclear Suppliers Group

“The fact is that many countries within the group also share China’s stance,” Hong said in response to a question about China, New Zealand, Ireland, Turkey, South Africa and Austria objecting to India’s accession to the NSG at its meeting in Vienna.

“There has been some discussion within the group on the NSG membership of non-NPT countries, but NSG members remain divided on this issue,” Hong said.

“Looking forward, China will continue to support further discussion within the group to forge consensus at an early date. China will proceed with relevant discussion in a constructive manner,” Hong said.

The US has been pushing for India’s membership. Ahead of the meeting in Beijing, US Secretary of State John Kerry had written a letter to the NSG member countries which are not supportive of India’s bid, saying they should “agree not to block consensus on Indian admission”.

A joint statement issued after talks between Modi and Obama said the US called on NSG participating governments to support India’s application when it comes up at the NSG Plenary later in June.

India, though not a member, enjoys the benefits of membership under a 2008 exemption to NSG rules for its atomic cooperation deal with the US.

The NSG looks after critical issues relating to nuclear sector and its members are allowed to trade in and export nuclear technology. The NSG works under the principle of unanimity and even one country’s vote against India will scuttle its bid.

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    Narayan
    Jun 12, 2016 at 7:32 pm
    Allowing India( which is a PROCURER ONLY of Nuclear parts and Technology and NOT A SUPPLIER) will be counter intuitive and illogical, naturally. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The reason India is asking for including it in the NSG is to score some brownie points back home with the foolish citizens and to boost the sagging image of Modi. Like it made very brownie points with he Mangalyan miss-ion and Chandrayan and the space observatory krap nebula.BS. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Further India has a very recent record of illegally sharing its territory to neighboring intelligence agencies(SL) and therefore India cannot be relied on illegally proliferating its PROCURED TECHNOLOGY to those countries that it wants to befriend.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There are criminals in the GoI who will do anything against any agreement.
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      khan
      Jun 12, 2016 at 3:37 pm
      Conveying message in clical diplomacy by China
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        Satendra kumar
        Jun 12, 2016 at 11:07 pm
        NSG a forum where majority numbers are audited.
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          Ashok
          Jun 12, 2016 at 7:50 pm
          Chalo issi bahane mexico switzerland bhi ghoom aaye boss
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            MyTake
            Jun 12, 2016 at 10:19 pm
            If US and India work together this will be more than all G's NSG included! NSG itself will be asking for India to come in.
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              MyTake
              Jun 12, 2016 at 10:16 pm
              You gave up your ID of stan, masquerading with an Indian name!
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                HY
                Jun 12, 2016 at 4:28 pm
                Indian economy will collapse on a wink !!! You have no idea how much chinese products have engulfed our market !!
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                  Aniruddha Das
                  Jun 12, 2016 at 10:18 pm
                  stan and china are doing great job in the field of terrorism and as china is supporting stan NSG member and I am sure you will say stan have a clear record and they are the leader of Asia
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                    Aniruddha Das
                    Jun 12, 2016 at 10:16 pm
                    What about china supporting membership of stan in NSG member. are they part of NPT and I am sure they will make peace with terrorism and chinise will aquire more lands of india, stan etc country as they did in the past
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                      Aniruddha Das
                      Jun 12, 2016 at 11:00 pm
                      some way china want the land of india and stan and that is way china is supporting stan in nsg not India. the w world know it and the china and stan plays terrorism card in it.
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                        countk99
                        Jun 12, 2016 at 2:04 pm
                        Support India for NSG. All Indians and Indian origins should take a stand to boycott China products if they oppose India's membership to NSG. Make all your friends who are living in different counties to boycott China goods.
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                          Saj
                          Jun 13, 2016 at 10:59 am
                          I read all these News in the last few days after the Prime ministers visit to US and other countries and thought we were already given membership of NSG . lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now we are nowhere even close to it ?What was all those News about then and What was the primeministers 5 country visit about?
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                            ah
                            Jun 13, 2016 at 2:03 am
                            What i do not u stand is WHY India the biggest Democracy in the world needs PERMISSION from anybody???? why is MODI licking shoes when he should be KICKING a s ses???? Slave mentality from British Raaj is still embedded in Chaddi even after 7 decades????
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                              Harleen
                              Jun 13, 2016 at 12:12 am
                              China is the most cunning and scheming wolf and number one proliferator and saviour of rogue states. It has no guts to be straight forward but will use others. Let it put up resistance, it cannot bear persistent pressure of US and its alllies and India for long. It is only seeking some concessions from US. F00lish p0rkis think China is fighting for them. If Iran, Saudi, Afgan, Qatar, UAE did not think of P0rkis, why would Godless China would?
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                                Jay Cosmist
                                Jun 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm
                                If India not be made nsg it goes back to coal based power plants polluting more. It's also environmentally good to have India in the club
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                                  Jaswant Dey
                                  Jun 15, 2016 at 7:34 am
                                  India's entry into NSG through favorable and positive votes by NSG members of World will provide a compeive atmosphere for stan's desire to become NSG member like India at later years, thus, it would provide an indirect pressure on continuance of stan's illegal nuclear proliferation attempts on behest of China. Hence, it is the most favorable opportunity for World leaders to admit India as NSG member so that the game plan of China could be checked from further nuclear proliferation through stan's Army to most sensitive countries like North Korea and Iran. It has been game plan of China since very long time to block India from NSG membership on pretext of stan so that stan can be used tactically by China for its nuclear proliferation through stan's nuclear installation to checkmate both India and USA globally. USA should understand this China's game plan and help India by vigorously lobbying India's entry into NSG. India's NSG membership will result stan breaking away from China and their illegal partnership on indirect nuclear proliferation in the world. stan will attempt to desist from further nuclear proliferation on behest of China in order to become NSG member like India in future. It is now more of China than stan that is blocking India's entry to NSG. World leaders should realize this tactical game plan of China and help India's entry to NSG so that China could be stopped from nuclear proliferation in the World through stan's Army controlled stan Nuclear installation.
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                                    BharatK
                                    Jun 12, 2016 at 12:29 pm
                                    China need a -for-tat lession. Nehru has handed over UNSC membership to China, without realsing these creatures can never be trusted. World need to actively support Tibet independence, Xinjing independence, and support Mona on so-called Inner Mongilia of China. China must be taught lessions with their own medicine.
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                                      roy
                                      Jun 27, 2016 at 7:32 am
                                      F00lish p0rkis..!.lmao
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                                        Mayur Panghaal
                                        Jun 12, 2016 at 3:38 pm
                                        India will never sign npt as that will entail no further nuclears testing....and Indias pokharan test was a flop according to the guy who was the project director at the time.Vajpayee fooled the nation.
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                                          Mayur Panghaal
                                          Jun 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm
                                          It was well known that even a single members objection will scuttle the entire membershirp plan.Feku used that as an excuse to travel all the way to show that he was lobbying forp NSG membershipside news is that his rpaid gang in US lobbied heavily forp Feku to be given the opp to addrpess the US cong.So feku used nsg excuse to travel all the way to the US
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                                            Mayur Panghaal
                                            Jun 12, 2016 at 12:14 pm
                                            Wht did feku achieve with his US jaunt ? Nothing.Zilch.Did switzerland agree to share blackmoney info ?There is news leaking that feku's rpaid volunteers lobbied heavily to make US cong invite feku to address the US cong
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