That only gives Irresponsible China Undue Control and Clout
India has its own reasons for refusing to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). But it has been a responsible nuclear power, unlike Pakistan which had sold nuclear technology to North Korea and Iran in the past.
So, China’s insistence that India can be admitted to the 48-member Nuclear Services Group only if Pakistan is also included in the dispensation is laughable. Besides contributing to nuclear proliferation for commercial gains, Pakistan is a global sponsor of terrorism. Dissension on any politically convenient pretext can defeat reason.
It does not bode well for China to be aligned with such an irresponsible country as Pakistan. I may think that India must go ahead and sign the NPT. But that is not the issue here.
What is at stake is a high-handed country holding the world to ransom trying to protect its own interests and furthering its grand political designs.
The need for consensus on any issue, to me, is bogus, giving an undue edge to dissension and leading to practices that can verge on a lack of ethics.
Some controls are needed to ensure non-proliferation but a country that is openly taking sides with an offender cannot be allowed to dictate terms to the world.
Discard the mandate of consensus and take decisions on majority influence.
G Joslin Vethakumar