Defending its opposition to India’s NSG membership bid, Chinese state media today hit out at India calling the obstruction as ‘morally legitimate’. The hard-hitting editorial in Global Times also described India as a bit smug when it comes to dealing with international affairs.
A few days ago, China foiled India’s NSG membership bid, despite strong lobbying by United States for India, it succeeded in obstructing India’s way on the lines of NPT. China has been opposing India’s entry on the grounds that it has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the main global arms pact. "It was rules not China that prevented India's entry into the 48-nation elite nuclear trading body", the editorial piece reads.
“India is not a signatory to the NPT, but is the most active applicant to join the NSG. Before the Seoul meeting, the Indian media played up the prospects of its bid. Some even claim that among the 48 members of the NSG, 47 have given it a green light, except China,” said the editorial titled 'Delhi's NSG bid upset by rules, not Beijing'.
The daily known also labelled India 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 per cent 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.
Not only this the editorial also talked about the Indian media and even called some Indians too self-centered and self-righteous. On the contrary it said, Indian government 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,”the daily said.
The piece also trained its guns on US saying that its growing support to India for NSG entry is adding the biggest impetus to India’s ambition.
“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.