India will not sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) but the engagement with China regarding India's bid to enter the Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG) continues”, said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
Previously in June, during an NSG meeting in Seoul (Korea), China had discarded Indias bid to be a member of NSG stating the reason to be India's reluctance to sign the NPT.
Sushma Swaraj is optimistic about India's chances at the NSG. She has said that just because China refused to agree once does not mean it will never agree. Opposition leaders have claimed that India should have been more active with behind-the-scenes strategy meets rather than trying for a last-minute appeal from someone like the calibre of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to President Xi Jinping at a regional summit in Tashkent, reported NDTV.
China's blocking of India's bid has been read by analysts as Beijing's determination to curb the growing influence of India over Asia and demonstrate its power to the US, which has volubly pushed India's cause.