NSG membership is not a farewell gift: China hits at Indo-US affair

BEIJING: China has hit hard on the rising strategic Indo-US ties at the end of Obama administration tenure.

China has said admission of non-NPT signatories in the Nuclear Suppliers Group or NSG cannot be a “farewell gift” for countries to give to each other privately, a day after the outgoing Obama administration asserted that Beijing was an “outlier” in the efforts to make India a member of the elite nuclear club.

“Regarding India’s application to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), regarding non-NPT countries admission to the NSG, we have made our position clear before so I will not repeat it,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing in Beijing.

The response follows remarks of US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal, who criticized the China saying “Clearly there is one outlier that needs to be addressed and that is China”.

“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,” Ms Hua said, taking a dig at the Obama administration.