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China still says no to India's NSG membership at Bern meet

China's stand preventing India's admission has become a major stumbling block in bilateral relations

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

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again on Friday said that there is no change in its stance on the admission of states into the (NSG), spoiling India's chances of entering the elite club at its crucial meeting currently underway in Bern.

"As for countries being admitted to the group, I can tell you there is no change to China's position," Foreign Ministry spokesman told a media briefing.


He was replying to a question whether there is any change in China's stand at the plenary meeting taking place in the Swiss capital, Bern.

"I want to point out that the has clear rules on admission of new members and the Seoul plenary made clear mandates on how to deal with this issue. With these rules and mandates, we need to act as they dictate," he said.

"As for the criteria regarding admitting new members, as far as I know this plenary meeting in Switzerland will follow mandate of the Seoul plenary and uphold principle of decision upon consensus and continue to discuss various dimensions like technology, law, legal and political aspects of countries admission the group," he said.

China's stand, stonewalling India's admission, has become a major stumbling block in bilateral relations between the two countries.

After India's application for entry into the 48-member elite group which controls the nuclear trade, Pakistan, the all-weather ally of China, too had applied with the tacit backing of

While India, which is backed by the and a number of western countries has garnered the support of a majority of the group's members, has stuck to its stand that new members should sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), making India's entry difficult as the group is guided by the consensus principle. is not a signatory to the NPT.

After a series of meetings, has backed a two-step approach which stipulates that the members first need to arrive at a set of principles for the admission of states into the and then move forward with discussions of specific cases.

The Bern meeting is being regarded significant as it is taking place after Russian President reportedly took up the issue of India's accession to with his Chinese counterpart during their recent meeting at Astana on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.

Asked about the cooperation between and the on the Indo-Pacific region, including the disputed South Sea which was expected to figure during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to US, Geng said the situation in the South Sea is cooling down.

"With the concerted efforts of and ASEAN countries the situation there is cooling down. We hope other countries especially non-regional countries can respect efforts by the regional countries to maintain peace and stability in the South Sea and can play a constructive role in this regard," he said.

First Published: Sat, June 24 2017. 01:37 IST
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