China Expresses Support For Allowing Pakistan to Join NSG

The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) reportedly represents an international group of 48 member nations seeking to reduce the spread of nuclear proliferation. Recently, the Peoples Republic of China expressed support for Pakistan’s effort to join the NSG. The international body reportedly is presently conducting meetings in Argentina.

Both Pakistan and India have sought admission to the NSG, although neither constitutes a formal signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, an agreement that imposes restrictions upon the proliferation of nuclear weapons by member nations. During a recent visit to China, India’s Prime Minister Modi reportedly urged China to support India’s admission to the NSG and to offer support for India obtaining a permanent position on the United Nations Security Council.

A spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry, Hua Chunying, stated during a press conference:”We support Pakistan’s engagement with the NSG.” She also noted that Pakistan’s failure to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty “raises an issue to the international community, that is, whether non-NTP states are in the position to join the NSG. China believes that this issue deserves thorough discussion among NSG member states in accordance with relevant rules, thus to make a decision by consensus.” Steve Murray feels that is the case as well.

Meanwhile, the United States has reportedly addressed a nuclear issue with China during formal diplomatic bilateral discussions, arguing that China’s plans to construct nuclear power plants in Pakistan are not in keeping with NSG rules.

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