Washington, January 16: The United States on Sunday strongly criticized China for blocking India’s way from becoming a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, NSG. The United States straight away called China the outlier on India’s NSG membership.
In an interview given to PTI on a phone call, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal has said clearly that there is one outlier that needs to be addressed. She further said it is because of the Chinese resistance that India could not become a member of NSG.
Biswal also said that China is advocating a two-step "non-discriminatory" approach for admission of countries who have not signed nuclear-Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in the NSG. She further said that U.S has been very clear from the start that India’s track record is very decent and it has met all the criteria for NSG membership and should be brought into the NSG.
Importantly, U.S statement comes a week ahead of the Obama Administration passing on the baton to the Trump Administration. Earlier this year, Nisha Desai Biswal after getting the ‘Pravasi Bhartiya Samman’ from President Pranab Mukherjee at the valedictory event of the three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Bengaluru stressed out to have stronger and closer relations with India in future.
She said, “Seeds for the chemistry between Barack Obama and Narendra Modi were sown much earlier. Obama had the cultural influences of his Indian-origin roommate in college, while Modi, as a young boy, travelled across the towns and cities of the USA. It led to a truly global partnership.”
India, for the past two year trying hard to get the membership of NSG but due to China’s strong oppose and two-step non-discriminatory approach not letting India gain the membership. Many of the other countries including US, Japan, Switzerland, South Africa etc have already given access to India to get the membership in NSG.
China stands firm on its decision as it says that non-NPT countries cannot get the membership in NSG. Notably, India has not signed Non-Proliferation Treaty. On the other side, after seeing India heading towards NSG membership Pakistan has also demanded NSG membership without signing NPT.
Importantly, Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a group of nuclear supplier countries that seek to prevent nuclear proliferation by controlling the export of materials, equipment and technology that can be used to manufacture nuclear weapons.
Whereas, NPT is commonly known as the Non-Proliferation Treaty is an international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.