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India clears final hurdle to join MTCR, say diplomats

According to some western diplomats, “the members of the Missile Technology Control Regime have agreed to admit India, under the ‘silent procedure’”. The deadline for members of the 34-nation group to object to India’s admission had expired on Monday without any of them raising objections. The earlier move was blocked by Italy.

In 2004, China’s attempt to get its membership was foiled by members because of bad track record of China in this regard.

Its significance for India

  • Admission to the MTCR would open the way for India to buy high-end missile technology, also making more realistic its aspiration to buy state-of-the-art surveillance drones such as the U.S. Predator, made by General Atomics.
  • It will give an edge to India in security arrangement in South Asia, vis-à-vis China.
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