The unprecedented churn in South Asia and East Asia calls for imaginative solutions from India but the prime minister has nothing to offer.
The Ministry of External Affairs hopes India’s ‘credentials’ are taken into account as and when a decision is taken (on its NSG application).
Describing India as a ‘leading power’ in the Indo-Pacific region, Washington’s envoy to New Delhi Kenneth Juster reaffirmed support for India’s NSG bid.
By roping India and Japan into its standoff with China, the US is raising the nuclear stakes in Asia – including, dangerously, between India and Pakistan.
India’s entry into the export control regime would enhance its credentials in the field of non-proliferation despite not being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
A plenary meeting of the elite nuclear club in June failed to take a decision on India’s application for its membership, but decided to discuss in November the issue of entry of non-NPT signatories.
China continues to maintain its stance that non-NPT countries should not be allowed into the NSG.
The reunification talks have stumbled over the years due to the issue of territory and security.
There has been much speculation that India might be reconsidering its no first use strategy, but such talk has found few takers in the government. For India, the only true purpose of nuclear weapons are as deterrents.
Modi has turned India into a military and diplomatic ally of the US. In China’s eyes, this has transformed India from a like-minded country that shared its opposition to the US’s attempt to create a unipolar world, into an adversary.
India’s foreign policy cannot be centred around personalities any more.
Membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group not for the US to gift, says China as India insists it has earned its place.
One of the riders in the draft is that membership for non-NPT signatory countries will be contingent on “commitment not to conduct a nuclear test”.
However, the Wassenaar Arrangement may soon be ready to welcome India into its fold, officials indicated.
Resentment against China has continued for far too long and gone too far. By focusing on just one issue in its ties with China, India risks having the world perceive its interests as monochromatic and emotional rather than based on realism and strategic foresight.
New Delhi: With still at least three countries continuing to insist on drawing up a general criteria for non-NPT entrants, next week’s meeting of officials from Nuclear Suppliers Group member countries in Vienna is not expected to allow India into the group immediately, but would only provide another […]
The Kiwi response was similar to the non-committal statement made by Brazilian President Michel Temer in Goa earlier this month.
A new report outlines six ‘must-do’ tasks to bolster ties, including encouraging India to raise FDI in defence. But geopolitics, counterterrorism and cyber security will need attention too.
“They agreed to enhance counter-terrorism coordination for the benefit of the Asian region as a whole,” the Indian ambassador to China said, using one of those boilerplate phrases diplomats love to put out when there is no concrete outcome to report.
Since the Seoul plenary of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Chinese stand on India does not appear to have moved at all.
China’s idea of bilateral relations seems to be to aggressively push their national interests while dismissing India’s concerns as unimportant.
Discussions were held in a “positive, constructive and open spirit” say sources but the gulf on key issues appears to remain as wide as ever.
Feeling that its overtures for closer ties have been rebuffed, China is now resuming its policy of isolating and neutralising India
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj also said India will not sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
“We are equally concerned about the casualties in the clash, and hope that relevant incident will be handled properly. The Kashmir issue is left over from history,” the Chinese foreign ministry has said.
As Russia and China go about aligning their interests for mutual strategic advantage, India has to take a closer look at its own options and opportunities.
While a reactor going critical is good news for the power-starved states in south India, the history of the first unit suggests there could be speed bumps on the road ahead.
Much of what we have seen in the strengthened China-Pakistan alignment in the last decade is a reaction to the rise of India.
The Indian Ocean was a common theme for both leaders, with Modi noting that its waters “were our common sea frontiers”.
When India’s most aggressive anchor meets India’s most aggressive politician, one expects sparks to fly. Instead, Arnab Goswami looked like a favourite nephew lobbing the ball gently to a benign elderly uncle. More “noora-kushti” and less a sharp interview, there were many questions that ought to have been […]
Brushing Aside Criticism for Blocking India’s NSG Bid, Chinese Media Says Country ‘Still Stuck’ in 1962 War Mindset
Continuing to justify China’s stand to block New Delhi’s bid, Chinese media has repeated the argument that signing the NPT is a must for India to join the NSG.
The claims made by apologists for the government about why India needs to rush its membership of the NSG simply don’t add up.
Apart from telling the Nuclear Suppliers Group about its nonproliferation record, India also outlined the additional measures it had taken beyond what the group requires.
The CTBTO invited members from all echelons of global society – scholars, academia, youth, artists and the media – to restart discussions on the test-ban’s legal entry into force.
“India doesn’t seem to understand that the ‘process’ is where the game is being played and that’s why the minor objectors are more problematic than China in some ways,” says an analyst.
Whatever narrative India internalises will have interesting implications for Indian foreign policy – and by extension the Asian security order – for years to come.
Now that all procedures attendant to membership are complete, the MTCR will be the first multilateral export control group that has opened its doors to India.
China successfully stared down the US in Seoul while trying to control the nuclear order – once an American playing field where Washington set the rules.
But it is clear that several other members of the NSG helped play spoiler in the Indian quest for membership.
Indian officials believe the NSG plenary will not reach a decision on Indian membership unless the Chinese delegation in Seoul receives fresh instructions from Beijing.