India singles out China for crushing NSG bid
The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) kept on hold India’s request for membership on Friday after several countries led by China refused to adjust rules that require New Delhi to first sign a global arms control pact.
A disappointed India said, in an unusually sharp but veiled reference to China, that one country persistently created “procedural hurdles”, a byword for Beijing’s insistence New Delhi sign the nuclear NonProliferation Treaty (NPT).
New Delhi had gone to Seoul without any certainty of victory. It had hoped intense lobbying, which included cross-continent diplomatic campaigns by PM Narendra Modi and a last-minute meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, would help deal with the procedural necessities for a nonNPT member’s entry into the NSG.