<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Maintaining that its strategic capabilities were not targeted against any particular country, India on Tuesday said it abides by all applicable international obligations and expects others do the same, while responding to Chinese reaction to its test-firing of Agni V missile.”India’s strategic capabilities are not targeted against any particular country. India abides by all the applicable international obligations and hopes that all other do the same. “India’s strategic autonomy and growing engagement contributes to strategic stability,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.The Spokesperson’s remarks came after Chinese Foreign Ministry hoped that India’s test-firing of the nuclear-capable Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile that could cover all of China complied with UN Security Council rules and safeguarded South Asia’s strategic balance. Even as Beijing maintained that the two nations are “not rivals for competition but partners for cooperation”, it took exception to media reports that the successful test of Agni-V was meant to target China.Foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in Beijing said,” We have noted reports on India’s test fire of Agni-5 ballistic missile. The UN Security Council has explicit regulations on whether India can develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons”. “China always maintains that preserving the strategic balance and stability in South Asia is conducive to peace and prosperity of regional countries and beyond.” India had yesterday successfully test-fired Agni-V, the country’s most lethal nuclear-capable inter-continental ballistic missile with a range of over 5,000 kms that covers entire China which may also pave the way for user trial of the weapons system and its eventual induction into the Strategic Forces Command (SFC).
Beijing: Reacting mildly to India allowing Tibetan spiritual leader Karmapa to visit Arunachal Pradesh, China on Monday expressed hope that New Delhi would refrain from taking any action that might complicate the boundary dispute.
The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje last week visited Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as a part of southern Tibet.
Replying to a question on his visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, “China’s position on the East section of the China-India border is clear and consistent. We hope India can abide by relevant consensus and refrain from any action that might complicate the boundary question.”
“To ensure the peace and stability of the border areas and sound and stable development of the bilateral relationship serves the common interest of the two sides,” he said. Asked whether China has lodged any protest with India in this regard, he said China and India are in “constant communication on this”.
“The Indian side is clear about solemn position when it comes to boundary question,” he said. The 17th Karmapa during his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh toured West Kameng district and reached to the Tibetans at Gyuto Monastery at Tenzingang before leaving for Kalaktang.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for doing away with the restrictions imposed in the previous eras and for facilitating the Karmapa’s visit to any part of the country and elsewhere.
China’s reaction to Karmapa’s visit appeared far more guarded and mild compared to its response on India granting permission in October this year to the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh.
There is also no direct criticism of Karmapa unlike the Dalai Lama, whom Beijing calls a separatist and a politician in the garb of religious leader.
China routinely objects to visits by the Dalai Lama, Indian leaders as well as foreign dignitaries to Arunachal Pradesh.
On 24 October, China took exception to the visit of Richard Verma, the US envoy in India, to Arunachal Pradesh. The border dispute between India and China covers the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC).
India asserts that the dispute covered Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China, which has been blocking India’s NSG bid, on Tuesday maintained its tough stand on the issue and called for a two-step “non-discriminatory” solution to admit non-NPT members into the 48-member elite grouping.China’s remarks came as the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at its meeting in Vienna November 11 discussed a formula acting on India’s application to join it.”We maintain that we should follow two-step approach. First we should find out a solution that is applicable to all non-NPT members applications to the NSG through consultations and discussions,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here outlining China’s stand at the Vienna meeting.The second step is to discuss specific non-NPT (Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty) members’ admission into the NSG, he said.”We believe that the solution should be non-discriminatory and applicable to all non-NPT members and it must not damage the core value of the NSG as well as the authority, effectiveness and integrity of the NPT,” he said.”We hope that we can enter into the second step after finishing the first step at an early date which is to talk about specific non-NPT members joining the NSG,” he said.China’s stand for a non-discriminatory criteria is regarded significant as Pakistan, a close ally of Beijing too has applied for the NSG membership along with India.China, which has blocked earlier India’s entry on the ground that India has not signed the NPT, has held two rounds of talks with India and Pakistan about their admission into the group.India has secured the backing of the US and majority of the NSG members based on its non-proliferation record in comparison to Pakistan which faced serious allegations of nuclear proliferation in the past specially with regard to its nuclear scientist Dr AQ Khan.Geng said at the Vienna meeting of the NSG, members talked about the technical, legal and political matters relating non-NPT members accession to the NSG.He said this is the first time the group talked about entry of the new members.Earlier a statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry said, “It is the first time a discussion, not only since the Seoul Plenary, but also since the NSG’s inception in 1975, for the Group to formally take up the issue of non-NPT states’ participation in an open and transparent manner”.Geng said the discussion about the entry of new members is a “good start”.”We believe it is good start and we will continue to support the NSG in following through on the first step and explore the final solution at an early date,” he said.India has been maintaining that NPT membership was not essential for joining the NSG, as was the case with France.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China on Tuesday said it will first find a solution that applies to all non-NPT countries seeking entry into NSG and will then discuss India’s application, a day after the two country’s held talks over India’s bid for membership of the elite grouping.The two sides exchanged views on the enlargement of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and other relevant issues, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here about the second round of talks held yesterday between India and China. The talks were held between Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security) Amandeep Singh Gill and his Chinese counterpart Wang Qun. “On India’s accession to the NSG, I can tell you that China’s position is very clear and consistent. China attaches importance to the accession of non-Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) members into the NSG,” Hua said.”We will carry out relevant work based on the Seoul General Assembly and the inter-governmental process that is open and transparent,” she said. “We will seek a solution that applies to all Non-NPT countries and then we will discuss the specific application of relevant non-NPT country,” Hua said. She, however, did not refer to Pakistan, which has also applied for NSG membership along with India.”We are willing to keep communication and contact with India in this regard,” Hua said.In the June Plenary of the 48-member NSG in Seoul, despite strong American support, China had stonewalled India’s bid to get entry into the group on the grounds that it was a not a signatory to the NPT. China had taken a stand that India was not a signatory to the NPT which is necessary for entry of new members into the club which controls nuclear commerce.Yesterday’s talks were the second round of dialogue between Indian and Chinese officials on India’s admission into the NSG with the first round held in September. After holding talks with India, China has held similar round of talks with Pakistan as well. Indian and Chinese officials had described yesterday’s talks as “substantive and constructive”.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Taking exception to the visit by US envoy in India to Arunachal Pradesh which it claims as southern Tibet, China on Monday said any interference by Washington in the Sino-India boundary dispute will make it “more complicated” and “disturb” hard-won peace at the border.Asking the US to desist from interfering in the India-China border dispute, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing here that China is firmly opposed to the visit. Referring to US envoy Richard Verma’s October 22 tour to Tawang at the invitation of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Lu said while replying to a question that the US envoy visited a “disputed region”. “We have also noted that the place visited by senior US diplomatic official is a disputed region between China and India. We are firmly opposed to his visit,” he said.China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of southern Tibet and routinely protests visits by Indian leaders, foreign officials as well as the Dalai Lama to the area. “China’s position on eastern section of the China-India boundary is very clear and consistent. The two countries are now trying to resolve territorial disputes through negotiations and consultations,” he said referring to the Special Representatives mechanism headed by National Security Advisors of both countries to find a solution.Both sides held 19th round of Special Representatives’ talks to resolve the disputes over the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC). While China claims Arunachal Pradesh as Southern Tibet and India asserts that the dispute covers Aksai Chin area which was occupied by China during the 1962 war. Lu said “any third party with a sense of responsibility should respect efforts made by China and India for peace reconciliation and tranquility rather than the opposite,” he said.The behaviour by the US contrasts the efforts made by China and India, he said. “It will only make the dispute more complicated, disturb the hard-won peace and tranquility of border areas and sabotage peaceful development of the region,” Lu said. “We urge the US to stop its interference in the boundary issue between China and India and make more contribution to regional peace and stability,” he said.The boundary question between China and India is very complex and sensitive, he said adding that “the interference by a third party will only stir up or heighten tensions”. “At the end of the day only the peoples of the two countries will fall victims,” he said. “We believe India and China as two major countries have enough wisdom to properly to deal with this issue and safeguard the fundamental interest of the two peoples,” Lu said.
Beijing: China on Monday slammed the US after its envoy visiting Arunachal Pradesh, warning it not to meddle in the border dispute between New Delhi and Beijing.
After the US ambassador to India Richard Verma went to Tawang in Arunachal which abuts Chinese border, Beijing said such acts will make the dispute more “complicated” between the two countries and “sabotage” peace in the region.
“You have also noted that the place visited by the senior diplomatic official is disputed region between China and India. We are firmly opposed to the visit to the disputed area between India and China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a regular media briefing.
China claims a huge chunk of India’s northeast state Arunachal Pradesh, which it calls as South Tibet. Verma visited Tawang to attend a festival.
“It will only make the dispute more complicated, disturb peace and tranquillity of border areas and sabotage the peaceful development of the region,” Lu said.
“We urge the US to stop interference in boundary issue between China and India and make more commitment to regional peace and stability.”
Lu said the boundary issue between India and China was complex and sensitive and interference by a third party would heighten tension.
Lu maintained that China’s position on the eastern sector was “clear and consistent”.
“Two countries are now trying to resolve territorial disputes through negotiations and consultation. Any third party should have sense of responsibility and should respect efforts made by China and India for peace reconciliation and tranquillity rather than opposite.
“Behaviour of the US runs contrast to efforts by China and India,” Lu said.
“At the end of the day, only the peoples of the two countries will fall victim. We believe India and China have the wisdom to properly handle the dispute,” he added.
Opposed to linking any country to terrorism: China defends Pakistan after Modi’s ‘mothership’ remark
China defends all-weather ally Pakistan after Modi’s ‘mothership’ remark on terror <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Pakistan a “mothership of terrorism”, China on Monday strongly defended its all-weather ally, saying it is against linking any country or religion with terror and asked the world community to acknowledge Pakistan’s “great sacrifices”.In a sharp reaction to a question about Modi’s characterisation of Pakistan at the BRICS Summit in Goa, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying said China is opposed to linking any country to terrorism.Answering a question on Modi’s criticism of Islamabad in aiding and abetting terror groups opposed to India, she said “on counter-terrorism, China’s position is consistent”.”It is the same way we oppose linking terrorism with any specific country or religion,” she said.”We oppose terrorism in all forms and we believe that international concerted efforts are needed to ensure stability and security of all countries,” she said.”We oppose linking terrorism with any specific ethnicity or religion. This is our long-standing position. China and Pakistan are all-weather friends.Noting that India and Pakistan are “all victims of terrorism”, she said Islamabad has made “great sacrifice to combat terrorism and this needs to be recognised by the international community”.To another question about Modi’s criticism that Pakistan State continues to support anti-India terrorist groups giving them arms, financial support and helping them to cross the border to carry out attacks in India and whether it is China’s view that international community should not take a stand on Islamabad’s support to terrorists, Hu said: “I understand your concern.””But, as I said on counter-terrorism China’s position is consistent. It is the same way we oppose linking terrorism with specific country or religion,” she said.”As per the problem between India and Pakistan, both the two countries are close neighbours of China. We truly hope that they can resolve these differences in a peaceful way through dialogue and consultation, so that India and Pakistan relations can develop. This serves the interest of the two countries and the region,” she said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China refuted reports of its troops crossing into Arunachal Pradesh on Monday saying that the Chinese military abides by the bilateral agreements reached with India concerning the Line of Actual Control (LAC).”China’s position on the boundary question between India and China is consistent and clear. The boundary between the two sides is yet to be demarcated,” Geng Shuang, spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said replying to question about reports of incursion by Chinese troops in Arunachal Pradesh on September 9. “We are engaged in dialogue and consultation to properly address differences in this regard,” he said About the incursions, he said “the border troops of China always abide by agreements of the two sides and strictly follow the bilateral agreements concerning the LAC”. “We hope the Indian side will work together with us to maintain peace and tranquility in border areas and strive to resolve the boundary question at an early date,” he said.While both sides in recent years have managed to reduce tensions between the troops patrolling the disputed areas with various mechanisms, China has not responded positively to India’s proposal to demarcate the 3,488-km LAC to avoid border tensions. The two countries have so far held 19 rounds of boundary talks led by Special Representatives.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Skirting direct reference to Pakistan and JeM, China on Monday voiced concern over “escalation” of tensions and “rising temperatures” in Kashmir after the Uri terror attack and called on India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through dialogue. “We have noted relevant reports. We are shocked by this attack,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told media briefing when asked about Beijing’s reaction to Sunday’s Uri attack and India’s charge that Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) is behind it.JeM has special significance as Beijing has put a technical hold over India’s efforts to bring about a UN ban on the outfit’s leader Masood Azhar for his involvement in Pathankot attack.Referring to the Uri attack in which 18 soldiers were killed and several injured, Lu said “we want to express our deep sympathies and condolences to the affected families and the injured”. “China opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism. We are concerned about this escalation and rising temperatures surrounding Kashmir situation,” he said.”We hope relevant parties will have dialogue and consultation to resolve their differences and enhance counter terrorism cooperation,” Lu said, without directly referring to India and Pakistan.”Only this way can they safeguard peace and security in their region,” he said.Lu also voiced concern over the fallout of the Uri attack on the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being laid through the PoK and said the project, in which China is investing considerable amount of resources, needs concerted efforts from all countries for its success.Asked how China sees the impact of the escalation of violence on the CPEC, Lu said: “The building of the corridor is to drive the development of the regional countries. It needs the concerted efforts of all countries concerned to ensure the smooth running of this corridor…At the same time I need to stress that recently in this region, especially in Kashmir region, there has been some escalation of tensions,” he said.”Our position is that we hope all relevant parties can work together and remain committed to resolving these disputes through peaceful consultations and jointly maintain the peace and stability of the region. This in final analysis is conducive and will bring benefits to China, India, Pakistan and all the regional countries,” he said.China’s concerns over the fall out of the recurring violence in the region was highlighted by state-run Global Times which on September 13 said, “China may not want to put too much focus on the region. At the very least, it would be unwise to put all its eggs in one basket”.”The CPEC has long been seen as symbolic of Sino-Pakistan economic cooperation. It is unlikely that China will change its supportive attitude on the CPEC in the short term, but the increasing cost of security is becoming a big problem in efficiently pushing forward the projects,” the article said.
Beijing: Notwithstanding a US push for India’s NSG membership, China on Sunday said members of the elite club “remain divided” on the issue of non-NPT countries joining it and insisted that there “was no deliberation” on the bid by India and other nations at the Vienna meeting.
“There was no deliberation on any items related to the accession to the NSG by India or any other countries that are not signatories to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT),” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei said in a statement while referring to the Vienna meeting that took place last week.
He said the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Chair Argentine Ambassador Rafael Mariano Grossi convened an unofficial meeting of the 48-member group on 9 June.
“The Chair said that this meeting has no agenda and is only convened to heed opinions from all parties on the outreach of the NSG and prepare for a report to be submitted at the NSG Plenary Meeting in Seoul later this month (24 June),” he said.
However, diplomatic sources in Vienna had said earlier that India’s membership was discussed at the meeting and talks had remained inconclusive.
China has maintained that non-NPT signatories should not be admitted into NSG on the grounds that it would undermine efforts to prevent proliferation.
Calling for “full discussions” within the NSG to reach an agreement on India’s admission, Hong said China would take part in the deliberations in a “constructive manner.”
“China has noted that some non-NPT countries aspire to join the NSG but when it comes to the accession by non-NPT countries, China maintains that the group should have full discussions before forging consensus and making decisions based on agreement,” he said.
“The NPT provides a political and legal foundation for the international non-proliferation regime as a whole. China’s position applies to all non-NPT countries and targets no one in particular,” Hong said, without directly mentioning India’s application to join the Vienna-based group.
China has been reportedly backing Pakistan’s bid to join the nuclear trading club.
“The fact is that many countries within the group also share China’s stance,” Hong said in response to a question about China, New Zealand, Ireland, Turkey, South Africa and Austria objecting to India’s accession to the NSG at its meeting in Vienna.
“There has been some discussion within the group on the NSG membership of non-NPT countries, but NSG members remain divided on this issue,” Hong said.
Days after India issued a tourist visa to Chinese dissident Dolkun Isa and three others allowing them to visit the country for a conference in Dharamshala next week, New Delhi cancelled the visa on Monday, reported NDTV. The decision came after Beijing protested the move, calling Isa a terrorist.
Isa, a leader of World Uyghur Congress (WUC), lives in Germany and was invited to the conference being organised by the US-based Initiatives for China. Chinese dissidents in exile and members of the Uyghur community were expected to attend and discuss democratic transformation in China.
“We have cancelled the visa given to Dolkun Isa,” a Home Ministry spokesperson confirmed on Monday without elaborating further.
China’s unhappiness about reports that Dolkun has been given the visa was reflected in Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s statement. “What I want to point out is that Dolkun is a terrorist in red notice of the Interpol and Chinese police. Bringing him to justice is due obligation of relevant countries,” he said.
NDTV reported that according to government sources, Isa’s visa was cancelled after India learnt that he had an Interpol red corner notice against him.
Reacting to the Indian move, Isa said, “On 23 April, I got a very short note by the Indian side that my visa is cancelled. There was no explanation.” He said he did not know what exactly was the reason for it. “Maybe because of Chinese pressure put on the Indian government. But, I do not know…I did not get any explanation from the Indian side,” he said.
China has been battling Uyghur Islamic extremism in the Xinjiang province since the 1990s. Dolkun Isa is regarded as a terrorist by China. He has been a German citizen since 2006 and has been at the forefront of the movement for democracy, often speaking out against the human rights abuse by Chinese authorities. India’s decision last week to allow WUC leaders whom China regards as backers of terrorism in its volatile Muslim-dominated Xinjiang province had come in the backdrop of Beijing blocking India’s bid to get Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN.
With inputs from PTI
India and China on Wednesday agreed to adhere to “peaceful negotiations” to settle the vexed border issue and reach a “fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution”, amid negativity over Beijing’s blocking of India’s bid in the UN to ban Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar.The decision was taken during the annual 19th round of boundary talks here between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi to discuss the way forward to resolve the dispute which has bedevilled the relations between the two countries.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Both the leaders had an “extensive, deep and candid” discussion on the 3,488 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC), which remains undemarcated resulting in tensions between the two sides.Both sides agreed to adhere to “peaceful negotiations to settle the boundary question”. They will make efforts to reach a “fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution”, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement.Besides the border issue, Doval and Yang, the designated Special Representatives, also have a larger mandate to discuss all contentious bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual concern.Welcoming Doval, Yang in his opening remarks at the meeting said: “Your visit fully signifies the importance Indian side attaches to this meeting and the efforts to further promote the strategic partnership between China and India.”China-India relations carry special significance. China stands ready to use this important occasion to have a broad- ranging in-depth and candid discussion with Indian side on the bilateral relations, boundary question, regional and international issues and other issues of shared interest.” Doval in his response spoke about the importance of informal talks between him and Yang, saying “not talking from the mind but also from the heart”.The statement, carried by state-run Xinhua news agency, said that the two sides will properly manage differences and safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas so as to create favourable conditions for development of their ties.Both sides shared the view that China-India relations have broad prospects and Beijing and New Delhi have far more common interests than differences.Bilateral ties have entered a new era of comprehensive and rapid development since Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a successful visit to India in 2014 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to China in 2015, it said.Both sides should implement the important consensus between the leaders, enhance high-level interactions, tap the potential of cooperation, and promote China-India relations to a higher level, it said.The issue of China putting technical hold on India’s recent bid to bring about a UN ban on Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Azhar for his involvement in the Pathankot terrorist attack was also said to have figured during the talks.
Ahead of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s visit here, China on Tuesday stuck to its stand on blocking India’s bid to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN, saying it was in accordance with “facts and relevant resolutions”.Ahead of the crucial boundary talks between Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on Wednesday, China also said it was in “sound communication” with all relevant parties including the Indian side over the Azhar issue.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As both External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar raised the Azhar issue strongly yesterday in their talks with their counterparts asking China to review its stand, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying once again reiterated that Beijing’s decision was in accordance with “facts” and “relevant” UN resolutions.”As for the listing matter China has already expressed its position. We support the UN central coordinating role in the world campaign against terrorism and China has taken active part in the world cooperation against terrorism,” Hua said.”We oppose double standards in counter terrorism campaign. We have been dealing with the listing matter in accordance with the facts and relevant resolutions. We are also in sound communication with all relevant parties including the Indian side,” she said.China’s assertion came in the backdrop of Swaraj’s remarks at the Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers meet in Moscow where she warned the international community of “serious consequences” if it continues to adopt “double standards” in dealing with terrorism.China’s “hidden veto” in blocking India’s bid to get JeM chief Azhar banned by the UN has cast a shadow on the Sino- India boundary talks beginning .While Swaraj raised the Azhar issue with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Moscow on the sidelines of the RIC meet, Parrikar, who held talks with top defence officials here yesterday, said he took up the issue with them.”What happened in UN is not in the right direction and they have to take a common line on terrorism which is in the interests of India and China,” he said.Asked to elaborate on what “facts” China needed on the issue of Azhar, whose outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) was banned by the UN in 2001, Hua said she needs to check on it.However, she said the Chinese mission in UN is in touch with relevant parties including India.Talking about criticism that China’s stand of putting a “technical hold” on India’s move at the last minute to get Pathankot terror attack mastermind Azhar banned by the UN smacked of “double standards”, Hua said, “China is firmly opposed to double standards on the counter terrorism issue”.”China is also victim of terrorism. We believe that only by working as one we can fight against terrorism and maintain peace and stability of the whole world. There is no doubt about that,” she said. MORE PTI KJV ASK AKJ ASK04191803NNNNPTI
China on Thursday said it will not back India’s bid alone to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group as “other states” are also aspiring to join the elite 48-member club and asserted that any decision on the inclusion of new members will be based on “consensus”.”Besides India, there are other non-NPT states who have expressed similar aspirations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told PTI, clubbing India along with Pakistan and other states who have not signed the Nuclear Non- proliferation Treaty (NPT).<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was responding to a query on Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s recent comments in the Senate that China was helping Pakistan to stall India’s bid to get Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership.”This raises a question to the international community, that is whether or not non-NPT states can join the NSG,” Hong said. 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.”However, a decision on the inclusion of non-NPT states shall be made based on consensus of all NSG members after thorough discussions in accordance with relevant rules. China’s position applies to all non-NPT states instead of targeting any specific country,” Hong said.Describing the NSG as a crucial component of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, Hong said “it is the long-standing consensus of the international community that the NPT is the cornerstone of the regime”.As US and other influential member states in the NSG have stepped up efforts to admit India into the body, China has called for “through discussions” among the NSG members about entry of non-NPT states amid assertions by Pakistan officials that Beijing has assured to push for Islamabad’s membership.NSG chairman Rafael Grossi had visited India in November last year and held talks with top Indian leaders about New Delhi’s admission to the group. Observers say that unlike 2008 when the NSG has granted a waiver to India during which China was reported to have expressed reservations but not stalled New Delhi’s special exemption, this time Beijing reportedly decided to push for Islamabad’s membership, linking it with India.India’s case is being pressed by the US and other influential countries based on the India’s record in non-proliferation and the India-US civil nuclear accord.
Pakistan along with its “all-weather” ally China has successfully blocked India’s bid to become a member of the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said.India has been seeking membership to the 48-member nuclear club, whose members can trade in and export nuclear technology. NSG is a powerful multinational body concerned with reducing nuclear proliferation. Pakistan with the cooperation of China had successfully blocked India’s bid to seek membership of the NSG, Aziz told the Senate yesterday. While countries like the US have backed India’s membership in the NSG, China has only offered conditional support to New Delhi.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China’s Foreign Ministry had called for “prudence and caution” over expanding the NSG. Asked whether China wants to back any other country’s entry into NSG, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying had said, “as for the expansion of the group, the members should make the decision on consensus after thorough discussions. India’s inclusion into this group is an internal matter of the group. It needs prudence and caution and thorough discussions among all members.””We support such discussion and we also support India’s inclusion into this group if it meets all the requirements,” she had said in January last year. In November, media reports said China had assured Islamabad that if India is granted membership of the NSG, China would ensure that Pakistan also joined the group.Pakistan has been saying that if it is deprived of NSG membership while India is accommodated, it would be taken as discrimination and lead to an imbalance in the region. Chinese and Pakistani leaders have views their relationship as “all-weather”.