BEIJING: Making its stance clear much before the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to the dragon nation, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a media briefing that it will not agree on India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) without signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT. It also reiterated that it will also treat its ‘all-weather friend’ Pakistan in the same manner because it has not signed the NPT.
The statement from the China’s foreign ministry comes a day before President Pranab Mukherjee’s four-day visit to China starting on Tuesday.
Briefing to the media over China’s NSG approach, the spokesperson of the foreign ministry, Hua Chunying said “China along with other countries had always maintained a general view over allowing non-NPT countries into the NSG. There should be a thorough discussion before allowing anyone enter the powerful NSG group. This applies to all non-NPT countries including Pakistan”.
Earlier, India said that there is no binding rule that a country must sign the NPT before entering the Nuclear Suppliers Group taking the example of France, which has not signed the Non Proliferation treaty at that time.
Countering to the Indian government’s argument China said that ‘France was the founder of the NSG and that the issue of its acceptance to the NPT did not exist’.
Analysts say that though China itself is being criticized by other parts of the world for repeatedly violating the Non Proliferation treaty by building nuclear power plants and conducting other commercial nuclear deals, it wants to block India from entering the NSG as it will allow India to gain access to sensitive technologies and materials from different parts of the world.
Pranab Mukherjee will arrive in the Guanzhou city on Tuesday and will reach Beijing on Wednesday afternoon, to meet China’s President XI Jinping and other leaders before leaving Beijing on Thursday.