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Will Not Limit Our Cooperation With India Based On Chinese Veto: US On India's NSG Bid

| September 13 , 2018 , 15:17 IST

The United States has been in support of India's membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) since 2010, however, India has not been able to secure membership to the group due to China's veto.

A senior Trump Administration official on Thursday said the US will continue to advocate for India's membership to the NSG as India meets all the criteria, and meanwhile, it will not limit its own cooperation with India due to the Chinese veto.

“Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a consensus-based organization. India has not been able to secure membership as a result of opposition from China,” Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia said in Washington.

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“We have deemed that we’re not going to limit our own cooperation with India based on a Chinese veto. Of course, we moved ahead with a Strategic Trade Authorisation One (STA-1) authorisation and we certainly believe that India meets all of the qualifications of the nuclear supplier’s group and will continue to actively advocate on behalf of India’s membership,” Wells said.

She added that by granting India the STA-1 status, the US has placed India in the inner circle of America’s closest allies.

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“It reflects just the intimacy of the strategic partnership,” Wells said.

China, a key member of the NSG, has been stridently opposing India's bid primarily on the grounds that New Delhi is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Its opposition has made India's entry into the 48-member group difficult as the NSG works on the principle of consensus.

After India's application for entry into the elite group which controls the nuclear trade, Pakistan, the all-weather ally of China, too applied with the tacit backing of Beijing.