‘It is morally legitimate for China to oppose India’s NSG bid’

An editorial in China’s state-run Global Times on Tuesday asserted that at least 10 countries opposed India’s bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), rejecting accusations in India that Beijing was solely responsible for quashing New Delhi’s aspirations for joining the 48-member club.

The daily stressed that lack of India’s membership to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) — the cornerstone of NSG membership — was the chief obstacle in New Delhi’s path to become a member of the club. “India wants to be the first exception... It is morally legitimate for China and other members to upset India’s proposal in defence of principles,” the daily asserted.

The write-up attributed India’s sharp reaction to the rejection of application at Seoul to the sustained “adulation” of India by the Western powers. “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 … [This] makes the country a bit smug in international affairs.” It also stressed that India has “ignored” that the U.S., which has supported New Delhi NSG bid, was not in a position to commandeer the global agenda.

The editorial made two additional points. First it stressed that “nationalists” in India are yet to develop a mindset befitting the citizenry of a “major power”.

“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,” it said.

It also contrasted the response by a section of people in India to the reaction in China to Beijing’s inability to become a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). “On Monday, the Missile Technology Control Regime absorbed India as a new member, and denied China’s access. The news didn’t even make a ripple among the Chinese public. The Chinese have become more mature in dealing with these setbacks,” it said.

Meanwhile, Han Hua, the director of Arms Control and Disarmament at Peking University, pointed out that the strong structural linkage between NPT and the NSG is likely to undermine India’s efforts to become a member.

India’s nationalists are yet to develop a mindset befitting the citizenry of a major power: Global Times