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  • Anuj Aggarwal asked: What should be India's diplomatic strategy to get into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)?

    G. Balachandran replies: With respect to the Indian membership, the NSG members can be grouped under three categories:

    1) Those who are satisfied with the NSG conditionalities already accepted by India at the time of the 2008 NSG exemption and are in favour of admitting India without any further concessions from India. This group would probably be the largest of the three groups.

    India and the NSG Membership: What Lies Ahead

    India will have to make a judicious political decision on accepting any additional criteria that the NSG might come up with as a precondition for accepting its membership application.

    October 05, 2016

    NSG and China’s Grand Strategic Flip-flops: Some Plausible Explanations

    NSG and China’s Grand Strategic Flip-flops: Some Plausible Explanations

    Given that the NSG may not be able to withhold the India membership question for long, in spite of China’s inconsistent positions, it would be unwise on India’s part to forfeit any advantage it has on the SCS issue.

    August 24, 2016

    India’s NSG Bid: Let’s Set the Record Straight

    India’s NSG Bid: Let’s Set the Record Straight

    Membership in the NSG is essential to safeguard future Indian interests in nuclear commerce, even if it is not a necessary condition for India to engage in nuclear exports.

    July 06, 2016

    India's NSG Bid – The Way Forward

    India's NSG Bid – The Way Forward

    Until the next plenary in Switzerland in 2017 or the interim meeting before the end of 2016, India should actively engage with all members and particularly with those who have expressed doubts or raised queries, including China.

    June 27, 2016

    Membership Expansion in the Nuclear Suppliers Group

    Membership Expansion in the Nuclear Suppliers Group

    The outcome of the NSG plenary in Seoul is most likely to be the admission of India to the NSG, denial or postponement of a decision on Pakistan’s application, but deferment of both announcements to a later date.

    June 22, 2016

    Pakistan’s NSG Application

    Pakistan’s NSG Application

    There is no documentary evidence to substantiate the Pakistani claim that Pakistan had entered into any voluntary safeguards agreement with the IAEA in respect of KANUPP.

    June 21, 2016

    Why is NSG Membership important for India?

    India's NSG Membership

    India is keen to become a member of the NSG and other export control regimes so as to expand its nuclear power generation and enter the export market.

    June 21, 2016

    India’s Entry into NSG: Why is South Africa holding out?

    India’s Entry into NSG: Why is South Africa holding out?

    Has South Africa buckled under Chinese pressure to oppose India’s membership in the NSG? While this cannot yet be confirmed, there are strong indicators that it could be a possibility.

    June 15, 2016

    Soumitra N. Pathak asked: How far is China's nuclear commerce with Pakistan in violation of its NSG membership? What steps other NSG members have taken to check it?

    Kapil Patil replies: China’s civil nuclear cooperation with Pakistan is governed by the “Agreement for Co-operation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy” signed on September 15, 1986. The agreement is of indefinite time period and continues to be the basis for bilateral civil nucler cooperation, even after China formally became a member of the Nucler Suppliers Group (NSG) in 2004.

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