Most na­tions back In­dia, China last hur­dle in NSG

NU­CLEAR CLUB Modi meets Xi in Tashkent as all other mem­bers lend sup­port

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Pramit Pal Chaud­huri and Jayanth Ja­cob let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

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.”


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