China says no change in stand on India’s NSG membership
China on Monday said there is “no change” in its opposition India’s membership bid to the Nuclear Suppliers Group. China said it can be considered only if rules for the entry of countries that are not signatories to the non-Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) are decided first, NDTV has reported.
“This Friday in Vienna, a plenary session of the NSG will be held. Our position is subject to no change as of date,” Lu Kang, spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told reporters. The statement comes days before a scheduled session of the NSG is scheduled to be held in Vienna, Austria.
Beijing has been against India’s entry to the 48-member international body, which monitors and control the export of materials or technology that can be used to create nuclear weapons.
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had met his Chinese counterpart in Hyderabad on November 4 to discuss the same. In June, China was one of the main countries to have blocked India’s bid to become a member of the group, saying the country was not eligible as it was not a signatory to the NPT.
The US has led the push for India to be allowed into the NSG but China has countered the campaign by stating that India’s application cannot be treated differently from that of Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan seek an entry in NSG group.
Bilateral ties with China have also been affected by worsening India-Pakistan relations. China has also stalled India’s attempts to have Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar designated a terrorist by the United Nations.