India was still stuck in the 1962-war mindset and should be objective in evaluating Beijing’s stand on the NSG, Chinese media said Monday, stressing the two sides should work on stronger economic ties.
Criticising reactions to China blocking India’s bid to enter the 48-member Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG), the influential Global Times said Indians were struggling to accept the outcome of the Seoul plenary where New Delhi failed to get a seat on the nuclear trading table.
“Many Indian media (outlets) put the blame on China alone, accusing China’s anti-India and pro-Pakistan motives behind its opposition,” said the article titled ‘China, India should drop obsolete view for cooperation’.
China had led the opposition to India’s candidature when NSG members met in Seoul on June 23 and 24, saying entry of non-NPT country would lead to the collapse of the world non-proliferation regime.
India, the Global Times said, was “still stuck” in the shadow of the war with China in the 1960s and many still held on to the “obsolete geopolitical view” that Beijing didn’t want to see India rise. The only war the two neighbours have fought was in 1962, a border dispute that escalated into a full armed conflict.
“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.
The latest write-up follows up on a scathing piece last week that said India was spoilt and smug and China was morally right in opposing its NSG bid.
Like the last time, the Global Times, a part of ruling Communist Party of China publications, again defended China’s move to keep India out of the bloc that controls access to nuclear technology.
The nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT), it again said, was a must for joining the NSG. India is not an NPT signatory which it says is biased. The NPT recognises only five countries – the US, Russia, the UK, France and China -- as nuclear weapon states.
“India needs to perceive China objectively. Joining the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons is a must for any country… but India is not a party to the NPT,” the article said.
“The only exception is if India can obtain consent from all 48-NSG members but several countries apart from China hold reservations in this regard. India better put more efforts into figuring out how to obtain international trust rather than misinterpreting and defaming China,” it said.
Consent of all members is required to add a new member to the NSG that was set up in the aftermath of India’s May 1974 nuclear test to check the spread of nuclear arms by controlling the trade in materials that can aid development of such weapons.
It also quoted political scientist Zheng Yongnian, who has said China’s bilateral relationship with India was second only to the Sino-US relationship. Ties with China were important for India as well, it said.
China and India should work together to boost their economic and trade ties then only will the two be able to build a new international order and “form an Asian century”, it said.
India is keen on NSG membership as it will allow it access to nuclear technology and global markets. Energy-starved India has set an ambitious goal of sourcing 40% of its power from non-fossil sources and is relying heavily on nuclear energy to meet the target.
Though not all accept this view. They argue the waiver given to India in 2008 allows for trade in civilian nuclear trade, enough to meet New Delhi’s needs.
(Edited by Charu Gupta)