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Chinese official media on Tuesday opposed India’s NSG bid due to China’s objection that said today that New Delhi's membership will not only touch a ‘raw nerve’ in Pakistan and increase a nuclear arms race but also ‘jeopardize’ Beijing's national interests.
An op-ed commentary in state-run Global Times titled that ‘India mustn't let nuclear ambitions blind itself’ that said that New Delhi's NSG membership will set off a nuclear confrontation in the region.
It also said that, India and Pakistan, both nuclear powers in the region; keep alert to each other's nuclear capabilities. India's application for NSG membership and its potential consequences will inevitably touch a raw nerve in Pakistan, its traditional rival in the region.
Also, as Pakistan is not willing to see an enlarging gap in nuclear power with India, a nuclear race is a likely outcome. This will not only paralyze regional security, but also jeopardize China's national interests.
According to the commentary, The US and some NSG members have given a push to India's membership bid, but the reported opposition from most countries, especially China, seems to have irritated India.
The commentary added by saying, Beijing insists that a prerequisite of New Delhi's entry is that it must be a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) while India is not. Despite acknowledging this legal and systematic requirement, the Indian media called China's stance ‘obstructionist’.
In addition to that the Commentary also said that, the deliberations of the US are also clear. With India's NSG membership, the US, the world's largest producer of nuclear power, can sell its nuclear technology to India. A US company is set to build six nuclear reactors in India, an agreement made between the two countries during Modi's recent visit to the US.
The commentary also added saying that all that is missing in US and Indian motives are concerns for regional security. So far, South Asia is still facing the harsh reality that the region is mired in nuclear confrontation.
Also, China insists on peaceful development. A peaceful regional and global environment is in the interests of all stakeholders. China's concern about India's inclusion into the NSG comes out of the security dynamic in South Asia.
Reports from Vienna where the NSG is based said that while majority of the 48-member group backed India's membership, China along with New Zealand, Ireland, Turkey, South Africa and Austria were opposed to India's admission.
The NSG looks after critical issues relating to nuclear sector and its members are allowed to trade in and export nuclear technology. The group works under the principle of unanimity and even one country's vote against India will scuttle its bid.