BEIJING: The dragon nation has once again reiterated its stand on India’s NSG bid before this week’s Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) plenary meeting in Vienna on November 11-12. China said that it will not comment on India’s NSG application until the elite NSG group finalizes a common procedure to countries which did not sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Lu Kang, spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign ministry said, “There will be an NSG plenary meeting this week and we are up to discuss all the possibilities of admitting non-NPT countries into the elite group. China will try to finalize the procedure through which a non-NPT country can join the group, However, we are not concerned about its application to any specific country”.
China also hinted at treating Pakistan on equal priority with India, if a non-NPT country has to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Notably, Pakistan does not have the majority members support as in the case of India for its NSG bid. The dragon nation claims that every nation must be treated equally if the possibility of a non-NPT country’s entry has to be discussed.
On the other hand, India has been trying hard to get last minute benefit from China through a series of diplomatic talks. As a part of it, though the National security advisor of India Ajit Doval, met his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi in Hyderabad on November 4 to discuss a host of issues, the meeting has not been fruitful with China refusing to budge on India’s NSG bid.
India had similar meetings with China much before the one on November 4. The issue has also been discussed between the joint secretary of Disarmament and International Security Amandeep Singh Gill and Wang Qun on October 31.
According to the sources, the members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group are likely to accept a two-stage procedure on admitting non-NPT countries into the elite group. It will be interesting to see how the dragon nation backs the likes of Pakistan if the guidelines in the proposal turn against the interests of Pakistan’s NSG bid.