Red Dragon chars India's NSG bid
China succeeded in scuttling India’s membership bid to the 48-nation group in the Seoul plenary despite 38 countries backing the Indian case
Seoul: India yesterday failed in its determined bid to clinch membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in the face of strong China-led opposition after which it gave vent to its unhappiness over the hurdles created by Beijing.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Pic/PTI
In a clear setback to its efforts to join the 48-nation grouping, a two-day NSG plenary ended here after deciding against accepting India’s membership application. China, which had made no secret of its opposition, succeeded in scuttling India’s bid despite a significant majority backing the Indian case. 38 countries supported India, according to Indian officials.
An upset India later accused “one country,” a clear reference to China, of persistently creating procedural hurdles during the discussions on its application. “We understand that despite procedural hurdles persistently raised by one country, a three-hour-long discussion took place last night on the issue of future participation in the NSG,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. “The NSG plenary in Seoul earlier in the day decided against granting India membership immediately and said it will continue to have discussions on participation of countries which have not signed the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).”
China: Strive for consenus by thinking out of the box
China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “China wants two things; we must abide by the rules of NSG because these kind of rules are not directed against any specific country. We must strive for consensus by thinking out of the box.” Hua also insisted that the entry of India and others was not on the agenda of the plenary session, “so it does not make sense to say that China objects their entry.”