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India joins nuclear cartels, but controlled by USA

India’s admission to the four cartels—Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Australia Group and Wassenaar Arrangement—is expected to be a lengthy process, dependent on building consensus and the “evolution” of new “membership criteria”. More importantly, these cartels are aimed at controlling technologies, not sharing them.

Controlling technology flows – Views – livemint.com,Brahma Chellane, 15 Nov 10, “….The Obama administration actually has initiated a broader export-control review with the aim of spurring US economic growth through stepped-up technology exports to all emerging economies, not just to India.

The archaic technology-control system is widely considered a serious hindrance to such exports. Washington is particularly keen to use export-control liberalization to help increase US share of the Chinese market and thereby reduce the yawning $262 billion trade deficit with Beijing……..

India’s admission to the four cartels—Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Australia Group and Wassenaar Arrangement—is expected to be a lengthy process, dependent on building consensus and the “evolution” of new “membership criteria”. More importantly, these cartels are aimed at controlling technologies, not sharing them. Membership in any of these will not automatically qualify India to the free flow of technologies.

India is already a “unilateral adherent” of NSG and MTCR, as part of the nuclear deal-related conditions imposed by the US’ Hyde Act. In fact, George W. Bush had formally certified to Congress in 2008 that India had become NSG- and MTCR-compliant……..

America’s primary interest is to boost its technology exports while simultaneously gaining a foothold in India’s strategic sectors. At the same time, a major US objective still is to curtail nuclear and missile proliferation in South Asia—a goal that runs counter to a more-open flow of technology to India……

Controlling technology flows – Views – livemint.com

November 17, 2010 - Posted by | India, politics international | , , , , , ,

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