The admission ofinto the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is taking new turns every day. has now lowered its stance against India’s membership by saying that is open to discussing the entry of the countries who have not signed the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The 48- member club manages the flow of nuclear technology all over the world, with an aim to ensure the non proliferation of nuclear weapons and technologies. India has been vying hard for years to be part of this group as it would help the nation gain access to a plethora of new technologies, reduced depence on conventional sources of energy, among others.
This year with firm support from nations like United States, United Kingdom, Russia, India has a bright chance of getting into NSG. But,with the backing of China is hell-bent on blocking this with the argument that the admission of a non-NPT signatory into the group is discriminatory. It says that all the nations who have not signed this treaty should be considered for the entry into the group.
China firmly supports this stand of Pakistan and says that they are not against India’s admission to NSG but then Pakistan’s membership should also be discussed. Earlier, the Chinese foreign ministry said the issue of India’s membership to the 48-member group wasn’t even on the agenda of the NSG’s plenary meeting in Seoul. On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying Beijing said: “We understand that non-NPT countries are concerned about their entry into the NSG. But since NSG is still divided about the issue, so it is still not mature to talk about the entry issue in the annual conference in Seoul.”