Explainer: US wants India to join elite Nuclear Suppliers Group, even if China doesn't

Friday, 14 Sep, 9.48 am

By Prarthana Mitra

India is one of the few South Asian countries to have made remarkable progress over the last decade, when it comes to developing itself as a nuclear power. According to the US, India currently meets all the qualifications required to be a part of the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group, which comprises 48 member nations that control global nuclear trade.

Despite nuclear power plants springing up all over the country and the government investing in nuclear reserves, India has been repeatedly vetoed from joining the exclusive clique by China. But that may change soon, according to Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.