A day after India formally got membership to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) an editorial in the Chinese state-run Global Times has called Indians self-centered, self-righteous and perhaps lacking morals.
The entire editorial heaps insults on Indians who according to the Chinese paper don’t understand nationalism, have no knowledge of morals, cravenly follow the west and are spoiled.
The editorial is talking about the coverage of and the failure of India’s bid to get into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Both the Indian media and the Indian government blamed China’s opposition for India’s failed bid to the NSG.
“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,” the edit says.
The editorial seeks to enlighten Indians about foreign policy. “By cosying up to India, Washington’s India policy actually serves the purpose of containing China.”
Indians also need to learn about nationalism, the editorial says.
“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 says.
The editorial keeps repeating that China “follows the rules”, and the rule is that an NSG member must be a signatory of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and India isn’t. It says 10 countries opposed India’s NSG bid.
“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,” the editorial fumes.
“It is morally legitimate for China and other members to upset India’s proposal in defence of principles,” the editorial mentions.