India joins elite missile club
In what may be called a historic moment for India, the country recently joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as a full member and said its entry would be mutually beneficial to enhance global nonproliferation norms. Marking India’s first entry into any multilateral export control regime, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar signed the instrument of accession to MTCR in the presence of France’s Ambassador-designate Alexandre Ziegler, The Netherlands’ Ambassador Alphonsus Stoelinga and Luxembourg’s Charge d’Affaires Laure Huberty. India’s entry into MTCR comes days after it failed to get NSG membership due to stiff opposition from China and a few other countries. Significantly, China, which stonewalled India’s entry into the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at the just- concluded Seoul plenary, is not a member of MTCR. The MTCR membership will now enable India to buy high-end missile technology and also enhance its joint ventures with Russia.