Global Times, a national English-language daily in China, Tuesday published a strongly-worded editorial defending China’s position on the entry of India and other non-NPT countries into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Launching a harsh attack on Indian public and the country’s media, the editorial called India a ‘spoiled’ and ‘smug’ nation especially in international affairs.
The editorial claimed the rules of the NSG membership prevented India from becoming a member of the NSG and brushed away accusation that it tried to block India’s entry.
“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,” it said.
Global Times, that publishes in both English and Chinese, is considered a media house with far-left leanings and a nationalist bias. It also has often echoed the views and opinions of the ruling Communist Party of China.
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The editorial also had strong words for the US, which it said ‘was not the whole world’, and accused it of ‘cozying up to India’ with the aim of containing China.
“US backing adds 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.
“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 talked about India.
The author (anonymous as he/she is) however had kinder words for the Indian government, saying it ‘behaved decently’ in the midst of the controversy.
Finally lashing out at the nationalists in India and the public reaction to China blocking India’s NSG bid, the editorial said Indians need to learn to ‘behave’.
“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.