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US put NPT condition for NSG membership, reminds China

Updated Jun 22, 2016 07:34am

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NEW DELHI: China, facing pressure from the United States and others to help admit India to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), said on Tuesday it was Washington that put the stipulation permitting only nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signatories to the elite club. A Chinese spokesperson, however, denied that Beijing was singling out any particular country for denial of the membership.

The Indian Express quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying as saying that the “door is open” for discussions over the admission of India and other non-NPT countries to the 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,” Ms Hua told a media briefing in Beijing, the Express said.

Later, she reiterated that admission of new members was not on the agenda of the NSG meeting under way 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,” Ms Hua was quoted as saying.

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

The Express recalled that Indian 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.

It said this visit came ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on June 23 when both leaders would attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation leaders’ meeting in Tashkent.

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

Published in Dawn, June 22th, 2016

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Comments (42) Closed



Singh Jun 22, 2016 08:17am

Finally the economics will prevail .. What USA and India concedes in the bargain will tilt the position ..china knows India already enjoys most of the benefits following 2008 waiver ..

Zak Jun 22, 2016 08:22am

China should concentrate on improving its economy to improve its lead further over US, these tactics of US is to misdirect China from its economy and focus on petty issues like NSG Membership to India, Pakistan ,China should not focus on anything other than the goal , where both nations rule the world through economic and military might.

Desi Dimag Jun 22, 2016 08:42am

India's tireless effort and US pressure are working right. Tomorrow's meeting between Modi and Xi Jinping will ensure the entry into NSG.

SB Jun 22, 2016 09:08am

Now it appears a direct confrontation between China and USA on NSG membership. Just watch and enjoy

smh Jun 22, 2016 09:46am

Good. Less nuclear reactors in india. People can sleep peacefully. Every time there is an embargo, India has emerged stronger through innovation. May it be ISRO, missiles tech or planes. Use solar and non renewables.

hitesh Jun 22, 2016 09:47am

First they said- "We will not support India's entry" Then they said-" India's application not on agenda" Then came-" we want to follow rules" and now- "We never said we are against who"

one more day to go!

None Jun 22, 2016 10:00am

This is just beginning.. Further china will face more pressure from other big countries if it going to block india again..

SB Jun 22, 2016 10:04am

Watch and enjoy power play in next 48 hours. China in direct confrontation with USA on India membership in NSG. It will be more interesting than T20 powerplay

Sunil Jun 22, 2016 10:21am

North Korea today tested two ballistic missiles with nuclear capability. Who has been giving this technology? No doubt China, the only country which has diplomatic relations.

Anil Sharma Jun 22, 2016 10:37am

NSG affair shows Indian leadership is shortsighted. Pakistan is already a nuclear power. India should openly support Pakistan's entry into NSG so it too can get in.

Salman (Kashmir, INDIA) Jun 22, 2016 10:57am

Mark my words: "India will get the NSG membership on June 24th"

Brijesh Jun 22, 2016 10:59am

France Japan Argentina Brazil were all inducted to nsg without signing npt .what is also important to note that same group including China in 2008 have agreed to give India exemption to enjoy 90 % of it's facilities .it's mere formality now India is also a member of Mtcr. India has support of at least 43 countries including countries like US UK Russia France Germany Japan. It's also a golden opportunity for China to show whether they want peace and friendship in south Asia or otherwise

Maratha Jun 22, 2016 11:11am

No one can ignore billion plus country. ..we are surely getting NSG sit.

Shahid Jun 22, 2016 11:11am

I am afraid, at last China will accept it under pressure or in a bargain.

Ash20 Jun 22, 2016 11:12am

Seems Chinese are feeling the pressure therefore public statements coming everyday.

Hoshiyar Jun 22, 2016 11:26am

We will see... but I have full faith in our democracy that we shall not loose anything... NSG or not NSG... world shall remain friendly and prosperous

Adit_From_US Jun 22, 2016 11:28am

What happened to China's snub to India? This is a special Chinese U turn which was expected. China can't stop India to join NSG.

Akhand Bharat Jun 22, 2016 11:46am

The success of our diplomacy is that both US and Russia are supporting us. Job well done guys.

Rizwan Jun 22, 2016 11:50am

Brief but to the point comment. Well done!

Karan-Mumbai Jun 22, 2016 12:21pm

China saying No to India will have impacts on its exports to India, US and EU.

Vivek (Indore) Jun 22, 2016 12:24pm

ISRO’s 20-satellite launch, its largest ever, successful mission. India becomes third country to conduct such massive operation

pakistani love Jun 22, 2016 12:42pm

I think both country should get i wish for both the countries we should cooperative to each other that will be benefitial for both of us

Harmony-1© Jun 22, 2016 01:46pm

@Desi Dimag - Let's see tomorrow then whether your bragging comes true!

Khan Jun 22, 2016 01:49pm

China stand firm on principles. India need to sign on NPT to get entry into NSG.

mohan Jun 22, 2016 01:52pm

at last china will agree for India NSG Entry as Vladimir Putin is in action to negotiate with turkey and china. tomorrow is the breakthrough for India as Putin already in china and modi will reach china tomorrow.

Bikram Singh Jun 22, 2016 01:58pm

@pakistani love You are also taking U-Turn like China

Taimoor Khan Jun 22, 2016 02:15pm

India unilateral entry into NSG is not only detrimental to the national security of Pakistan but also Chinese as well, as publically, India has been posturing against China and giving China as justification for its nuclear and missile arsenal increase.

ROHIT PANDEY Jun 22, 2016 02:26pm

It is the lure of $150 billion Indian nuclear reactor market against Chinese obduracy.

It is going to be fun to watch how this is going to pan out.

Bahjat Jun 22, 2016 02:41pm

Looking at Indian comments , one gets a feeling that they believe in 'might is right.'

ROHIT PANDEY Jun 22, 2016 02:51pm

India, in the meanwhile, today launched a record 20 satellites at one go .

Besides Indian satellites, satellites from the US,Canada, Germany and Indonesia were launched.

This steady expansion of Indian capabilities brings its own reward in form international standing and prestige.

China is going find it more and more difficult to curtail India's rising influence in the years to come.

I hope the Chinese pragmatism prevails and they tone down their disputes with not just India but a number of other countries as well?:)

Desi Dimag Jun 22, 2016 03:06pm

@Harmony-1© It will come true. As a responsible citizen, ask your government what they have done to get membership of NSG rather than opposing India.

Global peace Jun 22, 2016 03:15pm

@Bahjat not at all .. but surely u will follow china on everything

Global peace Jun 22, 2016 03:19pm

Lest think India do not get entry. Great now what india will loose ?? Already India have 90% Waiver.

Sim Jun 22, 2016 03:41pm

Rules should be same for all. US has Double standards

Pak & India should be included at same time

Redback Jun 22, 2016 03:46pm

@Sim Please check out this article before claiming equal status. http://www.theworldreporter.com/2009/11/us-report-china-gifted-nuclear-bomb-and.html

hitman Jun 22, 2016 04:17pm

keep trying.. best of luck

A shah Jun 22, 2016 04:24pm

China's stance - Never, No, Not Sure Maybe, Yes!

SAEED MASOOD Jun 22, 2016 05:51pm

The problem will be solved if everybody back out and just let both Pakistan and India become the NSG member..

Iqbal Khan Jun 22, 2016 06:00pm

Look at the rules, US itself a non NPT and a member of NSG.

Ghaznavi Jun 22, 2016 06:08pm

@Singh "Finally the economics will prevail .." Keep dreaming! Their concern is security not economy. Since India is no longer a non aligned nation therefore the Chinese will treat them accordingly.

Ghaznavi Jun 22, 2016 07:35pm

@ROHIT PANDEY ".....This steady expansion of Indian capabilities brings its own reward in form international standing and prestige....."

Indians lack innovation. They are hardworking and submissive. This makes them great employees. The launch of 20 satellites shows their hard work in using the technology that they acquired from the US and other advance countries otherwise not long ago their rockets used to greet the bay of Bengal. Pakistan can also launch satellite however it does not have the resources yet.

R.K.Mohindra Jun 23, 2016 07:21am

@Shahid Bet you are right