China says no to india to entering the Nuclear Suppliers Group membership

Vastavam web: China reaffirmed today that there is no change in its stance on the admission of non-NPT states into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, marring India’s chances of entering the elite club during its crucial meeting in Bern.”As for non-NPT counties being admitted to the group, I can tell you there is no change to China’s position,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing.”I want to point out that the NSG has clear rules on admission of new members and the Seoul plenary made clear mandates on how to deal with this issue. With these rules and mandates, we need to act as they dictate,” he said.

“As for the criteria regarding admitting new members, as far as I know this plenary meeting in Switzerland will follow mandate of the Seoul plenary and uphold principle of decision upon consensus and continue to discuss various dimensions like technology, law, legal and political aspects of non-NPT countries admission the group,” he said.After India’s application for entry into the 48-member elite group which controls the nuclear trade, Pakistan, the all-weather ally of China, too had applied with the tacit backing of Beijing.

After a series of meetings, China has backed a two-step approach which stipulates that the NSG members first need to arrive at a set of principles for the admission of non-NPT states into the NSG and then move forward with discussions of specific cases.Asked about the cooperation between India and the US on the  Indo-Pacific region, including the disputed South China Sea which was expected to figure during Prime Minister Narendra Modi s visit to US, Geng said the situation in the South China Sea is cooling down.