China harps on consensus for India’s NSG bid

“The NSG has made serious political and technical standards with regard to accepting members. One compulsory standard is that the NSG members must be signatory states to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT),” says Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.  

Asking the U.S. to respect the efforts by China and India to resolve their boundary dispute peacefully, a top Chinese official on Monday said the two nations are wise enough to deal with it after the Pentagon accused Beijing of deploying more troops along the Sino-India borders.

“The Chinese side is committed to safeguarding peace and tranquillity of the border areas between China and India and resolving the boundary question through negotiation,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

The U.S. military report also warned of increasing Chinese military presence in various parts of the world, particularly in Pakistan.

Peaceful settlement

“China and India are wise and capable enough to deal with this issue. It is hoped that other country would respect efforts made by China and India for the peaceful settlement of dispute, rather than the opposite,” the Foreign Ministry said, apparently referring to the U.S.

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Abraham M. Denmark had said that “we have noticed an increase in capability and force posture by the Chinese military in areas close to the border with India”.

“It is difficult to conclude on the real intention behind this,” Mr. Denmark said on Saturday after submitting Pentagon’s annual 2016 report to the U.S. Congress.

“It is difficult to say how much of this is driven by internal considerations to maintain internal stability, and how much of it is an external consideration,” he said in response to a question on China upgrading its military command in Tibet.

Strong dissatisfaction

On Sunday, the Chinese Defence Ministry expressed “strong dissatisfaction” and “firm opposition” to the Pentagon report which also alleged that China is focusing on the militarisation of the artificial islands built by it in the disputed waters of the South China Sea in a bid to assert its control.

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