With thaw in India-China relations, Delhi to push for NSG membership

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: June 14, 2018 6:09:03 am

Delhi had reached out to China in April and tried to convince interlocutors in Beijing to lift their objections at the NSG, but there has been no public articulation by Chinese leadership about a change in their position so far. (AP/PTI/File)

Buoyed by its entry into three of the four multilateral export control regimes, India is depending on its partners, led by the US and France, to push for membership at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) plenary meeting on Thursday and Friday in Jurmala, Latvia, sources told The Indian Express.

Membership of the NSG, the top club of 48 countries which controls access to technology and guards against non-proliferation, is important for India to get access to cutting-edge high-technology.

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The Thursday-Friday plenary session of the group will be the first such meeting after New Delhi secured membership of the three export control regimes — India became a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in June 2016, the Wassenaar Arrangement in December 2017, and the Australia Group in January 2018.

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