Beijing: Defending China’s opposition to India’s entry into the NSG as "morally legitimate," a state-run daily yesterday hit out at India saying the West has "spoiled" the country making it a "bit smug" in international affairs.
Meanwhile, in India: Members of Swadeshi Jagran Manch protest near the Chinese Embassy in New Daelhi on Tuesday, after China did not support India’s bid for NSG membership. PIC/PTI
In an editorial, Global Times said it was rules, and not China that prevented India’s entry into the 48-nation body. It said, "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, 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 said.
It said, "...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 defence of principles."