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China continues to oppose India's entry into NSG

India’s application was taken up at a post-dinner special session in Seol

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Publish Date: Jun 24 2016 8:36AM | Updated Date: Jun 24 2016 3:21PM

China continues to oppose India's entry into NSG

China continued to oppose India's entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group on Friday, saying global non-proliferation order would collapse if India was allowed exception.

 

"If exceptions are allowed here or there on the question of NPT, the international non-proliferation order then will be collapsed altogether," Wang Qun, Director General of the Department of Arms Control of China's Foreign Ministry, said in a statement from Seoul.

 

"In the absence of NPT as a political and legal basis, it will be inconceivable for the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or the Iran nuclear deal) to be reached," he added.

 

"And moreover, it will add huge difficulty to implementation of the JCPOA. And in the absence of NPT as the political and legal basis, how could the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsular be resolved? All these merit reflection. While it's easy to adopt double standards, the consequence can be enormous," Wang added.

 

His comments came even as the 48-member NSG is holding the second day of its plenary session in Seol, where the question of India's membership is being taken up. 

 

On Thursday, Japan raised the issue of India's membership, and it was taken up at a special session though China has repeatedly asserted that the membership question of non-NPT countries would not be discussed at the plenary.

 

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi, who met President Xi in Tashkent, urged China to judge India's application on its "merit".

 

"Prime Minister Modi urged China to make a fair and objective assessment of India's application and judge it on its own merit," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup briefed reporters in Tashkent.