A Chinese daily, Global Times, has strongly defended China’s opposition to India’s failed bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), calling the public opinion and Indian media’s reaction to the development overblown, indicating that in India, “national interests can override principles recognised by the world.”
In a scathing editorial titled ‘Delhi’s NSG bid upset by rules, not Beijing’, Global Times, which is believed to have nationalist leanings, said China’s move was based on rules that govern NSG membership, pointing to the prerequisite of being a participant of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of which India isn’t yet a signatory.
“It is morally legitimate for China and other members to upset India's proposal in defense of principles,” said the report.
It also warned that a backing from the US does not mean India has won the backing of the world, and in fact, "by cozying up to India,” Washington's India policy serves the purpose of containing China.
The report also noted, in rather harsh terms, that even though India’s GDP accounts for only 20 per cent of that of China, the country has received “too many thumbs up” and is seen as a “golden boy in the eyes of the West” with a stronger competitive edge and more potential compared to China.
“India is spoiled…The international 'adulation' of India makes the country a bit smug in international affairs,” said the report.
The report also rapped Indian nationalists as being “self-centred” and “self-righteous,” noting that recently when China was denied access to the Missile Technology Control Regime, of which India is now a member, the news didn’t cause any ripples among the Chinese public. “The Chinese have become more mature in dealing with these setbacks caused by international relations.” The daily, however, made an exception to the Indian government, saying it "behaves decently and is willing to communicate."
“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,” said the report.
Meanwhile, according to a Times Of India, report, the NSG is likely to meet again before the end of the year to discuss the process for allowing non-NPT signatories into the 48-nation group.