China helped Pakistan block India’s NSG membership bid: Aziz

March 09, 2016 05:49 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 04:29 am IST - Islamabad

Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. File photo.

Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz. File photo.

Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said that China had helped Pakistan in blocking India’s bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

India has been seeking membership to the 48-member club, whose members can trade in and export nuclear technology..

While countries like the U.S. have backed India’s membership in the NSG, China has only offered conditional support to New Delhi.

China’s Foreign Ministry had called for “prudence and caution” over expanding the NSG.

When asked if China wants to back any other country’s entry into NSG, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying had said, “As for the expansion of the group, the members should make the decision on consensus after thorough discussions. India’s inclusion into this group is an internal matter of the group. It needs prudence and caution and thorough discussions among all members.”

“We support such discussion and we also support India’s inclusion into this group if it meets all the requirements,” she had said.

Pakistan says if it is deprived of the NSG membership while India is accommodated, it would be taken as discrimination and lead to imbalance in the region.

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