China Backs Pakistan Membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group

China Backs Pakistan Membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group

China Backs Pakistan Membership of Nuclear Suppliers GroupChina Backs Pakistan Membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group

BEIJING: China on Wednesday said it backed Pakistan’s “engagement” with the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) but at the same time maintained that acceptance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was a standard to admit new member-states in the 48-nation grouping.

“China has noted Pakistan’s aspirations for the NSG membership. Pakistan has taken steps towards its mainstreaming into the global non-proliferation regime,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing.

“We support Pakistan’s engagement with the NSG, and hope such efforts could be conducive to the authority and effectiveness of the international non-proliferation regime. We wish to strengthen communication and coordination with Pakistan,” she said. At the same time, she said, “It is the long-standing consensus of the international community that the NPT is the cornerstone of the regime”.

She was replying to a question on how China views Pakistan’s aspirations for NSG membership at the NSG plenary meeting being held in Argentina.“In fact, besides Pakistan, there are other non-NPT states who have expressed similar aspirations,” she said in an apparent reference to India’s interest to become NSG member. (Source)