No change in stance on application of non-contracting parties to join NSG: China

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BEIJING, June 23 (APP): A Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson
Friday reiterated that China had not changed its stance with regard to
the application of the non-contracting parties of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to join the Nuclear Supply Group (NSG).
“With regard to the application of the non-contracting parties of
the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to join the NSG, I can tell you explicitly that China’s position has not changed,” Geng Shuang said
during his regular press briefing here.
India and Pakistan have applied for the membership in the 48-member
elite club at NSG, which is holding its plenary session in Bern, Switzerland. China will send its delegation to attend the session.
One of the issues that the NSG is going to take up is new membership
to the Group, specifically India’s pending application which was also discussed at last year’s session.
China has already stated it stance on accession of new members in
Nuclear Supply Group (NSG) while responding to a similar question last
week.
The spokesperson pointed out that the NSG has clear-cut regulations
on the enlargement of its membership and added that the plenary session
of the NSG held in Seoul issued clear-cut mandate on how to deal with relevant issues. Therefore, all relevant parties should observe the regulations and mandate.
When asked to share any updates on the NSG meeting and any change
to China’s view in terms of whether the Group is closer now to agreeing
a set of criteria to allow new members in, he said regarding the criteria
on admitting new members, the Chinese side supported the NSG in
continuing to discuss the technical, legal and political issues
concerning the admission of the non-contracting parties of the NPT
into the NSG based on the mandate of the plenary session held in Seoul
in 2016 and the principle of consensus-building.
“As for the results of the discussion, I cannot make prejudgments
now,” he added.
To yet another question regarding issues including the South China
Sea to be discussed during the upcoming meeting between the Indian
prime minister and the US president, he said the Chinese side had
stated many times that with the concerted efforts of China and ASEAN countries, the situation in the South China Sea was easing and
cooling down.
“We hope relevant countries, especially non-regional countries,
should respect the efforts by regional countries and play a positive
and constructive role in upholding peace and stability in the South
China Sea,” he added.