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India bags all but China’s vote, NSG decision likely today

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China on Friday continued to vehemently oppose India’s membership of NSG which is unlikely to go through as the two-day plenary of the 48-nation grouping headed towards a conclusion.

Wang Qun, Director General of China’s Department of Arms Control, told reporters that there was no consensus on the NSG membership of non-NPT countries like India.

He insisted that for a country to be a member of NSG, signing of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty “is a must”. This rule has not been set by China but by the international community, he added.

Wang warned “if exceptions are allowed here or there on the question of NPT, the international non-proliferation will collapse altogether”.

Asked about reports that Beijing was blocking India’s membership, the Chinese chief negotiator said NSG has so far not agreed to any agenda item on participation of non-NPT countries. Therefore, there was no point of China supporting or opposing India’s membership.

The anti-India stand taken by China again on Friday clearly shows that Chinese President Xi Jinping has not responded to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s urgings in Tashkent on Wednesday that Beijing should support India’s case.

Seeking China’s support for India’s membership, Modi had urged Xi to make a “fair and objective” assessment of India’s application which is before the Seoul plenary as the two leaders met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit.

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