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NSG membership for India not good for South Asia, says China paper

Published Jun 15, 2016 06:50am


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NEW DELHI: A US-backed move to make India a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) will be good neither for Pakistan nor for China, and it would set off nuclear instability in South Asia, The Global Times has been quoted by the Indian media as saying on Tuesday.

“India and Pakistan, both nuclear powers in the region, keep alert to each other’s nuclear capabilities. India’s application for NSG membership and its potential consequences will inevitably touch a raw nerve in Pakistan, its traditional rival in the region,” the newspaper, which usually reflects official opinion, said.

“As Pakistan is not willing to see an enlarging gap in nuclear power with India, a nuclear race is a likely outcome. This will not only paralyse regional security, but also jeopardise China’s national interests.”

The paper’s op-ed commentary, titled “India mustn’t let nuclear ambitions blind itself”, feared that New Delhi’s NSG membership would set off a nuclear confrontation in the region.

“Last week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a diplomatic journey, travelling halfway across the world with his top goal to garner support for his country’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)” ahead of the plenary meeting of the group expected to be held in Seoul on June 24.

“The US and some NSG members have given a push to India’s membership bid, but the reported opposition from most countries, especially China, seems to have irritated India.”

While a majority of the 48-member group backed India’s membership, China, along with New Zealand, Ireland, Turkey, South Africa and Austria, were opposed to India’s admission.

“Beijing insists that a prerequisite of New Delhi’s entry is that it must be a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) while India is not. Despite acknowledging this legal and systematic requirement, the Indian media called China’s stance “obstructionist“,” the commentary said.

It noted that beyond cooperation in the nuclear sector, the US views India as a “balancing actor in its pivot to the Asia-Pacific strategy”. Its supply of nuclear technologies to enhance India’s deterrence capability is to put China in check.

Published in Dawn, June 15th, 2016


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Kulbhushan Yadav Jun 15, 2016 06:54am

China should not worry by nuclear stockpile of Pakistan. It can tame Pakistan easily. In fact the more rogue Pakistan gets, the more power China would have because it can control Pakistan. Just treat Uyghurs right. That is it.

Roshan Jun 15, 2016 07:12am

China in NSG is a threat to India and all other countries except Pakistan.

Pritish Jun 15, 2016 07:27am

Only countries that China has friendly relations - North Korean and Pakistan. So China considers only the rogue regimes as all-weather friends!.

Sense Jun 15, 2016 07:28am

@Roshan yup now deal with it

miraze Jun 15, 2016 07:29am

India is the next member of the NSG and also UNSC.

Adnan Qureshi Jun 15, 2016 07:34am

Why not include both India, Pakistan and Israel as members of NSG? Nothing wrong.

CHANAKYA Jun 15, 2016 07:36am

It's all about economics ...same China changes its stand in 2008 on nuclear deal waiver .

sandeep Jun 15, 2016 07:48am

NSG members have to respect safeguards and export controls, nuclear supplies have to be in accordance with the NSG Guidelines. The NSG is an ad hoc export control regime and France, which was not an NPT member for some time, was a member of the NSG since it respected NSG’s objectives,

Rahul Jun 15, 2016 07:50am

India's entry to the NSG group is good for the Indians, and great for India's future. - Indian News Papers.

sandeep Jun 15, 2016 07:50am

NSG members have to respect safeguards and export controls, nuclear supplies have to be in accordance with the NSG Guidelines. The NSG is an ad hoc export control regime and France, which was not an NPT member for some time, was a member of the NSG since it respected NSG’s objectives

Naveed Jun 15, 2016 07:59am

The NSG group has to accept both countries or non. Why the NSG doesn't take this opportunity to make both countries sign the NPT first?

Vivek (Indore) Jun 15, 2016 09:13am

India is a member of MTCR, therefore no chance for Pakistan or China to get entry there. Even if it doesn't gets a permanent NSG membership, it is already and will be enjoying its benefits. By driving everyone's attention towards NSG it got silently landed in MTCR.

imtiaz syed Jun 15, 2016 09:19am

@Roshan not as much as India

Surya Kant Jun 15, 2016 09:27am

Long live, China, Pakistan friendship

dang Jun 15, 2016 09:37am

even if Pak joins NSG what guanrantee if will follow the rules

after all its the army that has controll not the government

Rohit Jun 15, 2016 09:49am

India will get it.

Muhammad Iqbal Jun 15, 2016 09:57am

@Roshan . Well said.

The Fact Jun 15, 2016 10:08am

Principled move. Carry on!

Zak Jun 15, 2016 10:21am

Bending rules means unfairness in application.

modifan Jun 15, 2016 10:39am

Even china fears and knows the consequences of india entering into NSG

Sanjeev Yadav Jun 15, 2016 10:44am

Let them say.

helloWorld Jun 15, 2016 11:17am

China as a member of NSG is a great threat to the stability of whole of Asia. It's membership should be cancelled!

It's "Strategic Balance" with all of Asian countries is not balanced. We need to balance it for stable and safe Asia.

Safwan Jun 15, 2016 11:32am

@Roshan Too late.

ABBAS ALI Jun 15, 2016 11:47am

@Zak You wish. But mostly, it is going to happen other way round. China's economy will be squeezed hard by US and India and they will sign on anything. They have highest number of people to feed

tk Jun 15, 2016 11:56am

@Zak, And why so you think keeping PAK in and India out of NSG will bring regional stability? If keeping PAK out and India in NSG will impact stability, so will the other way round.

Chinto Jun 15, 2016 11:58am

China is a true friend of Pakistan. Love live china and Pakistan Friendship :)

raja Jun 15, 2016 11:58am

India has the waiver anyway so what difference does is make anyway? India can by what ever they require.

Maxx Jun 15, 2016 12:20pm

India being put to its actual size by China, or rather cut to its worth.

kunal Jun 15, 2016 02:47pm

Undue military help given by China to Pakistan in the terms of fighter jets, submarines , missile technology etc is good for region stability ??? Right Chinese think tank

stalin Jun 15, 2016 03:17pm

China have problems with all their neighbours except Pakistan. The dispute in South China Sea is one of the biggest security challenge the world is facing today. It's a pity that China is flexible her military muscle against comparatively small countries like Philippines and Vietnam and preaching a gospel for South Asia. Let China correct her course before preach on security issues.

Siddhartha Jun 15, 2016 08:54pm

Did China signed NPT? But it is a member of NSG!!!