Defending China’s opposition to India’s entry into the NSG as “morally legitimate”, a state-run daily today hit out at India saying the West has “spoiled” the country making it a “bit smug” in international affairs.
The mouthpiece of the Chinese Government, “ Global Times “ has strongly criticized India for attempting to seek admission to the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) without being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Reacting to New Delhi’s failed bid to seek NSG membership at a plenary meeting of the grouping in Seoul, South Korea, last week, an editorial in the state-run Global Times described some Indians as too self-centered, self-righteous, and added that “nationalists in India should learn how to behave themselves” rather than criticizing Beijing for blocking the bid on what it termed justifiable grounds.
“Some Indians are too self-centered and self-righteous. On the contrary, the Indian government behaves decently and is willing to communicate. Throwing a tantrum won’t be an option for New Delhi,” the Global Times editorial reads.
The article pointed that, “India’s nationalists should learn how to behave themselves. Now that they wish their country could be a major power, they should know how major powers play their games.”
Justifying China’s role, the editorial pointed that that “India is not a signatory to the NPT, but is the most active applicant to join the NSG.”
The article said the Indian media played up the prospects of New Delhi’s bid and some even claimed that among the 48-members of the NSG, 47 have given it a green light, except China.
It added, “Since its foundation in 1975, all NSG members shall be NPT signatories. This has become the primary principle of the organization. Now India wants to be the first exception to join the NSG without signing the NPT. It is morally legitimate for China and other members to upset India’s proposal in defense of principles.”
The article highlighted that due to Beijing’s role in stopping New Delhi’s bid a few Indian media outlets started vilifying China’s position and some Indians even called for a boycott of Chinese-made products and a withdrawal from the BRICS group.
The Global Times said it was rules not China that prevented India’s entry into the 48-nation elite nuclear trading body. It said at least 10 countries, including China, have opposed the accession of non-signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) into the NSG.
In a veiled attack, the article read that the U.S. role in backing India’s admission to the NSG actually serves to contain Beijing.
“U.S. backing adds the biggest impetus to India’s ambition. By cozying up to India, Washington’s India policy actually serves the purpose of containing China,” the article read.
“The US is not the whole world. Its endorsement does not mean India has won the backing of the world. This basic fact, however, has been ignored by India,” it added.
Asserting that the Western world has been giving too many thumbs up to India and thumbs down to China, New Delhi is spoiled today.
“Although the South Asian country’s GDP accounts for only 20 percent of that of China, it is still a golden boy in the eyes of the West, having a competitive edge and more potential compared to China. The international “adulation” of India makes the country a bit smug in international affairs,” it read.
Highlighting India’s absorption in the Missile Technology Control Regime on Monday and denial to China’s access in the 34-nation MTC now 35th, the article read that New Delhi’s news of admission didn’t even make a ripple among the Chinese public and added that Chinese have become more mature in dealing with these setbacks caused by international relations.