China says not blocking India’s NSG membership

China says not blocking India’s NSG membership

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Beijing, June 21: China,on Friday said it is not blocking India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group but cannot say when it would take place as the 48-member grouping has not decided on admitting countries which have not joined the treaty on nonproliferation of nuclear weapons (NPT).

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said India’s membership of the NSG was not on the agenda of the NSG plenary that concluded in the Kazakhstan capital Nur-Sultan, formerly known as Astana, during the day.Asked whether China, which has been blocking India's entry, would change its stance, Lu said "no member was blocking any country."

He said all NSG decisions are made following its rules of procedure. And according to the agenda of the plenary meeting, member countries will continue to discuss the issue of technical, legal and political aspects of the admission of non-NPT states to the NSG."Before reaching a non-discriminatory plan acceptable to all NPT non-parties, the plenary meeting will not be discussing the entry of any specific NPT non-party. So there is no blocking of India."

India, which applied for membership in 2016, has not signed the NPT.He also said the NSG's rule is that it is consensus-based. "I need to point out that admission of new members to a multilateral institution has to be on consensus reached through consultation."Nobody could foretell when a decision might be made."Lu said specific admission of non-NPT states to the grouping will not be discussed at the plenary until a non-discriminatory solution applicable to all non-NPT states is reached.

India and China are engaged on a bilateral dialogue on non-proliferation issues. Asked whether there was any progress on that, Lu said Director-General Fu Cong of the Foreign Ministry' Department of Arms Control recently held a round of arms control and non-proliferation consultations in New Delhi with the Indian official in charge of disarmament and international security affairs."The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on issues of mutual interest in international arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation," he said. (UNI)