India's NSG membership can't be farewell gift: China to US

US Assistant Secretary on India's NSG membership bid said, "Clearly there is one outlier that needs to be addressed and that is China."

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A day after Obama administration asserted that Beijing was an "outlier" in the efforts to make India a member of the elite nuclear club, China on Monday said that admission of non-NPT signatories in Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) cannot be a "farewell gift" for countries to give to each other.

In a media briefing in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, "Regarding India's application to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), regarding non-NPT countries admission to the NSG, we have made our position clear before so I will not repeat it." Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here, reacting to remarks by US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal, on the issue.


US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal on India's NSG membership bid said, "Clearly there is one outlier that needs to be addressed and that is China."

Taking a dig at the outgoing US President Barack Obama's administration, Hua said,"I just want to point out that NSG membership shall not be some kind of (a) farewell gift for countries to give to each other."

It is to be noted that China is the only one blocking India's membership bid
 for the 48-member grouping despite backing from majority members on the grounds that India is not a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).

Reportedly, China is advocating a two-step approach for admission of countries who have not signed the NPT. According to the new stand announced by Beijing, it first wants to find a solution that is applicable to the admission of all non-NPT countries followed by discussions on admitting specific nations.

Besides India, China is also interacting with Pakistan on the issue as Islamabad, too, applied for NSG membership after India.