China Rejects India’s Plea to Join the Nuclear Supplier Group a day before President Mukherjee’s Visit
By Ananth Krishnan
A day before President Pranab Mukherjee’s arrival in China, Beijing firmly reiterated its stand against an exception being granted to India in joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Sources told India Today the NSG issue is expected to figure prominently in talks this week.
The President will arrive in the southern manufacturing heartland of Guangzhou on Tuesday, and will attend a high-profile business summit, before travelling to Beijing on Wednesday for talks with the Chinese leadership.
Beijing has argued that the applications of countries that have not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) should be treated as a whole, suggesting countries like Pakistan and Israel should also be considered along with India.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) last week rejected that argument, pointing out that France was a member of the NSG – a group that governs nuclear trade, at a time when it was also a non-NPT country.
On Monday, the Chinese foreign ministry made it clear that it saw India’s case as different.
“You mentioned that when France joined the NSG, it was not party to the NPT. France was a founder of the NSG, so the issue of its acceptance to the NSG did not exist,” spokesperson Hua Chunying told the reporters.
“The NSG is an important component of the non-proliferation regime and this regime is founded on the NPT. This is a long-term consensus of the international community which was reaffirmed last year by the NPT review convention. This is why NSG has been taking the NPT signatory status as a must have standard for acceptance of new members.”
Hua said it was China’s view that next month’s NSG plenary, which will discuss India’s membership, should not take a country-by-country view.
Beijing also pointed out that both sides need a fair and reasonable solution to their boundary dispute, adding that China is “ready to work with India to accelerate negotiations and resolve this historic issue at an early date, so as to move our bilateral relations forward”.
Courtesy: Daily Mail