China on NSG membership: No backing to India or Pak until rules followed

After Ireland, Turkey, Brazil, Austria and New Zealand, Nuclear Suppliers Group member countries on Thursday blocked India’s induction into  the international body. On Friday China’s chief negotiator said that the country does not back Pakistan or India to be admitted into NSG till they follow the rules laid down by the members.

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He added that there are differences on admitting non-NPT members and NSG will not take up India’s case as of now.

Earlier, China appeared to be a sole opponent against India’s membership, but on Thursday, Ireland, Turkey, Brazil, Austria and New Zealand are not supporting India’s induction into the international body. Some member countries blocked the bid, citing that India is not party to the Nuclear Non-profileration Treaty. India, Pakistan, Israel and South Sudan have not signed the NPT.

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Pakistan, which is not an NSG member, has attempted to block India’s entry to the group, along with China. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in Tashkent for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, discussed India’s bid to join the NSG with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier on Thursday.

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