India blames China for stalled nuclear group entry

Bilkulonline.com, New Delhi, June 24: Opposition parties on Friday slammed the Narendra Modi government over its approach to securing Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership for India, saying that its desperation had caused an embarrassment to the country and it failed on the foreign policy front.

China said India should not become a member until it signs the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) - a key requirement for all NSG members.

The main bone of contention is that India is not a signatory of the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which is one of the criteria for NSG membership. The meeting suggested by Mexico was opposed by China but found support among a large number of countries, including the United States that has been backing India's bid.

NSG is likely to meet again before the end of the year to discuss membership of non-NPT signatories like India, which today made it clear to China, responsible for torpedoing its recent bid, that it was necessary to take care of India's "interests" for forward movement in bilateral ties. "Whatever we had to get, we have got it", 83-year-old Sinha, who has been critical of the government after being marginalised in the party, said. It needs some work.

Indo-US nuclear deal by Congress in 2008 opened the gate for India's membership of technology control regimes.

Hussain and Xi met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Tashkent, on a day the Chinese President is also set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A three-hour discussion on India's membership saw "procedural hurdles persistently raised by one country", he said.

Mr. Yechury said the Modi government even failed to ensure support of Brazil and South Africa with which the country shared good relationship in several multinational forums like BRICS and IBSA respectively.

"The need for adopting non-discriminatory and criteria-based approach tying Pakistan and India together, gradually gained acceptance with NSG participants", the source added.

Asked about reports that Beijing was blocking India's membership, he said the NSG has so far not agreed to any agenda item on participation of non-NPT countries.

But, contrary to the perception built by PM Modi during his visits to those countries, they crushed India's hopes when it mattered the most.

Calling on the Centre to muster courage and make Pakistan accountable for all they have done, Sinha said that there was absolutely no reason for India to be afraid. All eyes now will be on the last minute role that the USA and other big supporters of India play on Friday to help bring China around.

According to Indian officials and analysts, should the NSG change its rules like it did in 2011, it brings in unpredictability that India would find hard to influence.

Swarup said the NSG statement suggested that "India requires to join the NPT and our stand on the NPT is well known".


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