China opposed to US-India nuke deal


BEIJING: China has opposed the US-India nuclear deal, saying that it would weaken the existing international safeguards against proliferation.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang said the deal came at a time when the international community was working to enhance the authority and effectiveness of the international non-proliferation regime. The Non-Proliferation Treaty serves as a corner stone of the international non- proliferation regime and has played an important role in preventing proliferation of nuclear weapons and promoting peaceful use of nuclear energy, his statement read.

“As a signatory country, China hopes non-signatory countries will join it as soon as possible as non-nuclear weapon states, thereby contributing to strengthening the international non-proliferation regime.” “China hopes that non-signatory countries can get on board as non-nuclear states at an early date,” the spokesman said.