Indian diplomacy makes China withdraw resolution against AUKUS at IAEA
AUKUS is a trilateral security pact between Australia, United Kingdom and United States in the Indo-Pacific aimed at providing nuclear submarines to Australia
Vienna: India’s deft diplomacy at the International Atomic Energy Agency forced China to withdraw its resolution against the AUKUS.
According to sources, the “General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was held in Vienna from 26-30 September 2022. China tried to get a resolution passed against the AUKUS pact.”
AUKUS is a trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States in the Indo-Pacific. It aims at providing nuclear submarines to Australia.
China argued that this initiative was in violation of its responsibilities under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It also criticized the role of the IAEA in this regard.
India took an objective view of the initiative, recognising the soundness of the technical evaluation by the IAEA. The Indian Mission to the IAEA in Vienna worked closely with many member states in this regard.
India’s considered role helped many smaller countries take a clear stand on the Chinese proposal. Realizing that its resolution would not get majority support, China withdrew its draft resolution on 30 September.
Interestingly, the Chinese were confident enough of the success on 28 September to get Global Times to issue an article on the subject.
India’s deft and impactful diplomacy was deeply appreciated by IAEA member states, particularly the AUKUS partners.
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