Q: According to diplomatic sources, China, New Zealand, Ireland, Turkey, South Africa and Austria object to India’s accession to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). There are people saying that India’s admission will undermine the non-proliferation efforts and is likely to infuriate Pakistan. What is China’s comment?
A: The NSG Chair Argentine Ambassador convened an unofficial meeting on June 9. There was no deliberation on any items related to the accession to the NSG by India or any other countries that are not signatories to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The Chair said that this meeting has no agenda and is only convened to heed opinions from all parties on the outreach of the NSG and prepare for a report to be submitted at the NSG Plenary Meeting in Seoul later this month.
China has noted that some non-NPT countries aspire to join the NSG. When it comes to the accession by non-NPT countries, China maintains that the group should have full discussion before forging consensus and making decisions based on agreement. The NPT provides a political and legal foundation for the international non-proliferation regime as a whole. China’s position applies to all non-NPT countries and targets no one in particular. The fact is that many countries within the group also share China’s stance.
There has been some discussion within the group on the NSG membership of non-NPT countries, but NSG members remain divided on this issue. Looking forward, China will continue to support further discussion within the group to forge consensus at an early date. China will proceed with relevant discussion in a constructive manner.