There is no change in its stance on India’s NSG bid: China

Vastavam web: China said today that there is no change in its stance on admission of non-NPT states into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), marring India’s chances of entering the 48-member elite club at its crucial meeting next week.”On the issue of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), I can tell you China’s stance on the accession of new members into NSG has not changed,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters.According to reports, the NSG plenary meeting is due to be held next week in the Swiss capital of Bern.The issue has become a major sticking point in bilateral relations between India and China.
While India, which is backed by the US and a number of western countries has garnered the support of a majority of the group’s members, China has stuck to its stand that new members should sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), making India’s entry difficult as the group is guided by the consensus principle. India is not a signatory to the NPT.