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PM Modi, In Meet With Xi, Urges China To Back India’s NSG Bid: 10 Facts

 




 

  1. PM Modi also urged China to “join the growing consensus in support of India.”

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2. India’s NSG bid was raised as the 48-nation grouping began an important meeting in Seoul on Thursday, sources have told NDTV. It may be discussed when the group meets            again tonight for a special session.

3.  Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is monitoring the developments in Seoul. He skipped the Tashkent summit to fly to Seoul for a final diplomatic push.

4. India wants to become a member of the NSG to get better access to low-cost, clean nuclear energy.

5. Several countries including the US and France have publicly backed India’s bid but China remains the biggest obstacle.

6. China had repeatedly asserted that India’s membership is not on the agenda of the NSG meeting in Seoul, that “it is only to deliberate on the entry of memberswho signed the NPT (nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty).”

7. NSG members had three rounds of “unofficial discussions” on India and Pakistan’s membership, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Wednesday. “China will play a constructive role in the discussions, although parties are yet to see eye-to-eye on this issue,” she said.

8. China leads the opposition to India but Turkey, South Africa, Ireland and New Zealand are also against India’s membership.

9. Opponents argue that the NPT is the legal and political basis for the international non-proliferation system and granting India membership would further undermine these efforts.

10. The NSG works on unanimity and even one opposing vote can mean the rejection of India’s application for membership.

 




 

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