India is still stuck in 1962 war mindset, says Chinese media

Criticising the strong reactions from India over China blocking its bid to enter NSG, a state-run daily on Monday said India is “still stuck” in the 1962 war mindset as it called for a more objective evaluation of Beijing’s stand.

“The Indian public seems to be having a hard time accepting the outcome of the Seoul plenary meeting of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) late last month after India failed to gain entry into NSG,” an article in Global Times said.

“Many Indian media [outlets] put the blame on China alone, accusing China’s anti-India and pro-Pakistan motives behind its opposition. Some activists even took to the streets in protest against China and Chinese products and some observers said the incident would freeze the China-India relationship,” the article said.

Economic, not political

The article asserted that “India’s precautions” against China cannot be clearer.

The country seems to be “still stuck” in the shadow of the war with China in the 1960s and many still hold on to the “obsolete geopolitical view” that China does not want to see India’s rise, it said. “However, New Delhi may have misunderstood Beijing, which can make a big difference in its strategic decisions. In fact, China no longer looks at India simply from a political perspective, but far more from an economic one,” the article said.

Continuing to justify China’s stand to block New Delhi’s bid, the article harped on the often repeated argument of signing the NPT being a must for India to join the NSG and that consensus is required for entry of new members.

Quoting Political scientist Zheng Yongnian who stated that that, “China’s bilateral relationship with India is second only to the Sino-U.S. relationship,” it said ties with China are of great significance to India as well. — PTI