U.S. hopes to overcome Chinese hurdle on India’s NSG membership bid

Updated - January 17, 2017 04:43 pm IST

Published - January 17, 2017 04:22 pm IST - New Delhi

U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma.

U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma.

A day after China came out strongly against the Obama administration on India’s Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership bid, outgoing U.S. envoy Richard Verma on Tuesday exuded confidence that the Donald Trump government would be able to overcome the Chinese hurdle.

Mr. Verma said President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and a lot of other people had worked in pushing India’s membership to the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group and that the U.S. will continue to work on it.

China had on Monday said admission of non-NPT signatories in NSG cannot be a “farewell gift” for countries to give to each other. The Chinese reaction had come after the Obama administration asserted that Beijing was an “outlier” in the efforts to make India a member of the elite nuclear club.

“This is something we will keep working on together. There is a lot of support for India’s membership as we said we strongly support India’s accession in the NSG,” Mr. Verma said.

“These things are complicated, they take time, they are multilateral. We will have to continue to work with those countries including China which may have some concerns. But I believe, at the end of the day, we we will get there,” Mr. Verma added.

The envoy, who is stepping down from the post before Republican Donald Trump takes over as American President on January 20, said the U.S. has been strongly supporting India’s bid at the NSG and other export control regimes besides its membership at a reformed U.N. Security Council and other international institutions.

“All of these things have been very very important for President Obama and I believe they will continue to be top priority (of the Trump administration),” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi.

 

China has been blocking India’s membership bid for the 48-member grouping despite backing from majority members on the grounds that India is not a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).

“I just want to point out that NSG membership shall not be some kind of (a) farewell gift for countries to give to each other,” a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said on Monday, taking a dig at the Obama administration.

China is advocating a two-step approach for admission of countries who have not signed the NPT.

As per the new stand announced by Beijing, it first wants to find a solution that is applicable to the admission of all non-NPT countries followed by discussions on admitting specific nations.

Besides India, China is also interacting with Pakistan on the issue as Islamabad too applied for NSG membership after India.

 

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.