China may back In­dia on NSG, but sets con­di­tions

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BEI­JING: In­dia has to com­ply with nu­clear non-pro­lif­er­a­tion rules and have an in­de­pen­dent for­eign pol­icy for China to sup­port its bid to join the NSG, state me­dia said on Thurs­day, lay­ing down the rules for New Delhi to ful­fil its as­pi­ra­tion. In­dia is not qual­i­fied to be a mem­ber of the NSG but is inch­ing closer to en­ter­ing the nu­clear trad­ing group with Wash­ing­ton’s sup­port so as “to ob­tain an edge over Islamabad in nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties”, said an opin­ion piece in Global Times.

China can push In­dia’s case too but there are rid­ers, it said, in­di­cat­ing that be­com­ing the US’s mil­i­tary ally will not help New Delhi’s case with Bei­jing.

“As long as all NSG mem­bers reach a con­sen­sus over how a non-NPT mem­ber could join the NSG, and In­dia prom­ises to com­ply with stip­u­la­tions over the non-pro­lif­er­a­tion of nu­clear weapons while stick­ing to its pol­icy of in­de­pen­dence and self-reliance, China could sup­port New Delhi’s path to­ward the club,” said the piece by Fu Xiao­qiang of the in­flu­en­tial state-run think tank, China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions (CICIR).

The state-con­trolled me­dia has fo­cused on In­dia’s NSG bid and China’s po­si­tion but has been looking at the is­sue through the Pak­istan prism — how Islamabad will lose out if New Delhi en­ters the nu­clear club, and If In­dia can be­come a mem­ber, why can’t Pak­istan?

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