India foils China’s attempt to bring resolution against AUKUS at IAEA
1 October, 2022 | Pranay Lad
China was compelled to rescind its resolution against the AUKUS by India’s shrewd diplomacy at the IAEA. The General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) took place in ...
China was compelled to rescind its resolution against the AUKUS by India’s shrewd diplomacy at the IAEA.
The General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) took place in Vienna on September 26 and 30, 2022, according to sources. China attempted to have a resolution opposing the AUKUS enacted because it wanted to give Australia nuclear-powered submarines (but armed with conventional weapons). China claimed that by taking this action, it was failing to uphold its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
It also condemned the IAEA’s stance on this matter.
India viewed the effort objectively and acknowledged the validity of the IAEA’s technical assessment. In this approach, the Indian Mission to the IAEA in Vienna collaborated closely with a number of IAEA member nations.
Many smaller nations were able to take a firm stance against the Chinese plan because of India’s thoughtful leadership. China withdrew its proposed resolution on September 30 after realising that it would not receive support from the majority.
It’s interesting to note that on September 28, the Chinese were so certain of their accomplishment that they persuaded Global Times to publish a story about it.
IAEA member nations, especially the AUKUS partners, were extremely grateful for India’s shrewd and effective diplomacy.