China continued to oppose the entry of India in NSG. On Friday China said that the global non-proliferation order will collapse if India joined the NSG with being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Beijing repeated that if India wants to become a member of the elite 48-nation club, it has to accept the NPT. Accepting Non-Proliferation Treaty is must to become the member of NSG club which regulates global nuclear trade.

China also said that it understands that India wants to use Nuclear energy to generate clean power, other countries have similar requirements.

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Wang Qun, Director General of the Department of Arms Control of China’s Foreign Ministry, said,”If exceptions are allowed here or there on the question of NPT, the international non-proliferation order will collapse altogether.”

He also said that the applicant state shall be party to the NPT and it is a must. This rule is set by the international community, not by China. The  Non-Proliferation Treaty serves the cornerstone of the entire non-proliferation regime. He added that in the absence of NPT it will be inconceivable for the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the Iran nuclear deal) to be reached and it will add a huge challenge to implement JCPOA.

He raised the question by saying that how could the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula be resolved in the absence of NPT as the political and legal basis?

Wang added, “All these merit reflections. While it’s easy to adopt double standards, the consequence can be enormous.”

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24 June 2016
Avni S. Singh

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