China scuttled India’s NSG aspirations as the annual plenary of the 48-nation bloc ended in the South Korean capital on Friday without any decision on New Delhi’s membership application.
India accused China for spoiling its chances. Chinese representative Wang Qun after the meeting said they wont back India and Pakistan until both countries follow the procedures.
China thwarted India’s move despite the later having full diplomatic support from US.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup without naming Beijing said “procedural hurdles persistently raised by one country” stalled India’s bid even as most others in the grouping supported New Delhi.
“An overwhelming number of those who took the floor supported India’s membership and appraised India’s application positively. It is also our understanding that the broad sentiment was to take this matter forward,” Swarup said.
During the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, the US were able to prevail upon China by requesting them not to stand in the way of the NSG waiving the rules so that India could participate in the international nuclear conferences. But in 2016 despite the best efforts by the US and India, both countries could not impress China. This some say the emergence of China as big political power in international affairs
A public statement after the NSG’s 26th plenary in Seoul didn’t mention about India or any other country, including Pakistan, which had applied for membership – indicating that the grouping could not arrive at a consensus on allowing membership to the countries that have not signed the crucial Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The statement said the meeting discussed the “issue of ‘technical, legal and political aspects of the participation of non-NPT states in the NSG’ and decided to continue its discussion” of not allowing them in.
“Participating governments reiterated their firm support for the full, complete and effective implementation of the NPT as the cornerstone of the international non-proliferation regime (NSG).”
India, strongly backed by the US, applied for NSG membership on May 12 this year. Pakistan immediately followed with its own application a week later after China backed it.
India was seeking concessions from the grouping on the grounds of its clean non-proliferation record. But China virtually stonewalled India’s chances by seeking the same concession for Pakistan, that has an alleged bad track record on non-proliferation as it is said to have sold atomic weapons technology to Libya, Iran and North Korea.