Beijing: China, defending its move to block India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, has said that several members of the 48-nation bloc are of the same view as them that signing the NPT was an ‘important’ standard for the NSG’s expansion.
Countries of India, Pakistan, Israel and South Sudan are among the four UN member states which have not signed the NPT — the international pact aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.
Last month, Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan PM’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs said that China has helped Pakistan to stall India’s bid to get NSG membership.
Lu Kang, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said that along with China a lot of other NSG members are also of the view that Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is the cornerstone for safeguarding the international nuclear non-proliferation regime.
When asked if China is pushing Pakistan’s entry into NSG linking it to India’s admission into the bloc, Lu said the NSG is an important part of NPT, which has been the consensus of the international community for a long time.
Although India is not part of the NSG, the Indian side recognises this consensus, he claimed.
“All the multilateral non-proliferation export control regime including the NSG has regarded NPT as an important standard for the expansion of the NSG,” he said.
“The international community believes that there should be a side discussion in the NSG on this issue and a decision should be made in accordance with relevant rules. China’s position is not directed against any specific country but applies to all the non-NPT members,” Lu said.