Most nations back India, China last hurdle in NSG
NUCLEAR CLUB Modi meets Xi in Tashkent as all other members lend support
China’s great wall appeared to be crumbling before Indian diplomacy on Thursday. Beijing was left isolated as every other government of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) spoke at the opening of the Seoul plenary in favour of accepting India into the elite international nuclear technology club.
At the end of the first tense session of the two-day meeting, China found itself isolated over its call for a criteria-based membership that would allow Pakistan to also join the NSG, official sources told Hindustan Times.
China has been trying to block India’s membership by saying entry into the NSG should be limited to countries that have signed the Nuclear NonProliferation PM Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jingping in Tashkent on Thursday.
Treaty (NPT), a global nuclear arms control pact.
India and China’s “allweather ally”, Pakistan, which too is seeking membership of the NSG, have not signed the NPT.
As the NSG works by consensus, China has the ability to veto India’s entry.
Even as the Seoul meeting was taking place, on the other side of Asia in Uzbekistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was making a direct appeal to Chinese President Xi Jinping to support India’s entry to the NSG, saying China should make a “fair and objective” assessment of India’s candidature.
Modi’s message was described as “very direct.”