India NSG bid: China continues making ambivalent statements

By: | Updated: June 23, 2016 3:37 AM

Getting into the league of Nuclear Supplier nations is a long harboured dream for India,which now, with aide from the United States is now moving ahead. On his visit to the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had...

NSG, nsg india, PM Modi, china nsg, india china nsgNSG membership: PM Narendra Modi is trying to soften China?s stand and is likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on tomorrow. (File AP Photo)

Getting into the league of Nuclear Supplier nations is a long harboured dream for India,which now, with aide from the United States is now moving ahead. On his visit to the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had talks with the US President Barack Obama giving his word to support India’s bid on the global platform.

The US has given a push to India’s NSG membership bid by asking members of the elite club to support India’s entry into the grouping during the ongoing plenary meeting in Seoul.

While this has been a long cherished dream for India,which would further bring India in the top race, constant opposition from China and other countries, it looks like there are some obstacles yet to be conquered.

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President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Tashkent beginning tomorrow during which India is expected to seek China’s support for membership of the NSG.

Here are the lastest updates on India’s NSG membership status:

4.20 pm: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today arrived in the South Korean capital ahead of the crucial NSG Plenary from tomorrow, where India is hoping to clinch membership which is being strongly opposed by China and some other countries.

Jaishankar, who was closely monitoring the goings-on during the official-level meet of the 48-nation grouping which started on Monday, arrived in Seoul this afternoon to lobby with members to boost India’s prospects of getting membership.

3.51 pm: China today continued to make ambivalent statements on India’s bid for NSG membership amid clear indications that it was unrelenting in its opposition.

2.30 pm: Pakistan is continuing to sell nuclear materials to North Korea, while at the same time urging the international community to accept its membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), according to highly placed U.S. sources who are involved with the tracking of nuclear commerce.

1.42 pm: Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua has alleged that America’s efforts to include India in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was part of a “greater design” to contain China and prevent the resurgence
of Russia.

12.58 pm: In an apparent climb down, China today said it will play a “constructive” role in the discussions on India’s bid for membership of the 48-member NSG but at the same maintained that the issue was not on the
agenda of the NSG meeting in Seoul.

12.46 pm: Pakistan’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Zamir Akram has said that Islamabad is the only country opposed to giving ‘exclusive membership’ to India in the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group

12.17 pm: NSG members had three rounds of unofficial discussions on India and Pakistan’s membership in the grouping: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told PTI.

12.11 pm: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar leaves for Seoul, ahead of NSG Plenary from tomorrow, to shore up India’s efforts for membership.

11.30 am: The NSG remains divided over non-NPT countries like India becoming its members, China’s Foreign Ministry had said yesterday less than 24 hours after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj exuded hope that “we would be able to convince China to support our entry to the NSG.”

11.16 am: With China playing a dampener saying that India’s admission to the elite Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) is not on the agenda of the grouping which began its plenary session in Seoul yesterday, the Unites States has called on the participating governments of the NSG to support India’s application.

4.00 am: With China playing a dampener saying that India’s admission to the elite Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) is not on the agenda of the grouping which began its plenary session in Seoul yesterday, the Unites States has called on the participating governments of the NSG to support India’s application.

 

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