China will never let India become NSG member: expert
17 January 2017
Defence analyst Major General (Retired) P K Sehgal today said that China is being neither fair nor transparent in the stand it has taken over India's Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership , adding that its stand is not friendly.
China had on Monday said admission of non-NPT signatories cannot be a "farewell gift" for countries to give to each other, a day after the outgoing Obama administration said China was an ''outlier'' in the efforts to make India a member of the elite nuclear club .
"Regarding India's application to the (NSG), regarding non-NPT countries admission to the NSG, we have made our position clear before so I will not repeat it," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here, reacting to remarks by US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal, on the issue.
"China`s treatment is neither fair nor transparent and even they are not friendly. Even Beijing is aware that if India becomes an NSG member then the nuclear technology with India makes it far ahead of China in terms of its peaceful usage," he said.
General Sehgal added that India is not surprised from the statement made by China and only the USA could be surprised by the stand taken by Beijing.
He claimed that China's export market will get destroyed if India become the member of NSG and keeping this in mind, China would never let India become the member of the NSG.
"India needs to make sure that it strengthen its economic and military power as quickly as possible. If we become economically and militarily powerful then China has to give its assent to India's entry into NSG and in future it will not be able to block UNSC seat," Sehgal told ANI.
China`s stance on New Delhi not being a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has been blocking its bid to secure the seat. India has been pressing China to relent on its opposition, saying that vast majority of the 48-member group back New Delhi`s case.
Despite being backed by US and other countries, India had failed to secure the membership at the NSG plenary session in Seoul in June following China`s opposition.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.