Defending China’s opposition to India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) as “morally legitimate”, a state-run daily Tuesday hit out at India saying the West has “spoiled” the country making it a “bit smug” in international affairs.
In a hard hitting editorial, 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, opposed the accession of non-signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) into the NSG.
“…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 defence of principles,” said the tabloid, part of the ruling Communist Party of China’s publications.
The daily, known for its nationalistic postures, said India is emerging as the “golden boy” of the West.
“Recent years have seen the Western world giving too many thumbs-up to India, but thumbs-down to China. India is spoiled. Although the South Asian country’s GDP accounts for only 20% 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 said.
Criticising Indian media and public reaction on India’s failed NSG bid, it, however, said the Indian government has behaved “decently.”
“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,” it said.
“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,” the daily said.
Taking exception to the US’ support to India for NSG entry, the editorial said, “US 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 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 said.