Despite India’s “cleaner record compared to Pakistan”, no discrimination should be made while considering their bids to join the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a Communist Party of China official said here on Tuesday.
Ma Xiangwu at the 19th Asian Security Conference at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) said the position of the two countries was “similiar” and both should be given a chance to be part of the elite grouping that controls global atomic commercial activities and technology transfers.
“India and Pakistan position on this issue is similar, if China can vote for India, then why Pakistan cannot be voted in? Pakistan is a friend… It should also be given an opportunity to be voted in,” Ma said.
“There should be no discrimination between the two,” he said, reiterating China’s known argument that has saddled India’s NSG bid with the bad track record of Pakistan. That country has allegedly been caught selling atomic weapons technology to Libya. Read More…