The Chinese media have advised India not to stick with 1962 Sino-Indian War mindset and accept the outcome of the recent Seoul plenary meeting of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

In an op-ed-page article, the “Global Times” daily has criticised the strong reactions from India over China blocking its NSG membership bid. The article says that “Indian public seems to be having a hard time accepting the outcome of the Seoul plenary after the South Asian nation failed to gain entry into NSG.” Calling for a more objective evaluation of Beijing’s stand on India’s membership issue, the Chinese daily says: “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.”

Senior Chinese diplomats opine that India should drop its “obsolete geopolitical view” that China does not want to see India’s rise. According to diplomats, this kind of view indicates that New Delhi is “still stuck” in the shadow of the 1962 war between the two countries. “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,” adds the article.

The Global Times, which is a part of ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) publications, further claims that Beijing’s stand is “morally legitimate”, as the West has “spoiled” India. The daily justifies Beijing’s stand to block New Delhi’s NSG bid, saying that India made a mistake by not signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). “India needs to perceive China objectively. Joining the NPT is a must for any country seeking NSG membership, but India is not a party to the NPT,” stresses the Global Times.

The daily also quoted renowned Political Scientist Zheng Yongnian as saying: “China’s bilateral relationship with India is second only to the Sino-US relationship. The best option is for China and India to work together to boost their economic and trade ties. Only by seeking common development between China and India can the two build a new international order and form an Asian century.” With this comment, Zheng has made clear that it’s New Delhi’s duty to maintain cordial ties with Beijing.

Meanwhile, Indian diplomats and foreign policy experts have rejected Global Times’ view that New Delhi is stuck in the shadow of the 1962 war. They have ridiculed Zheng’s comment, saying everybody knows that China’s obstructionist approach had thwarted India’s bid to enter the NSG. “We have bilateral engagements with each of the 48 member countries of the NSG and on the basis of that, I can say with complete certainty that at the end of the day there was only one country that raised procedural hurdles as a result of which the Group could not arrive in favour of India,” said spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup while singling out China for blocking India’s entry into the NSG.

Swarup also sent a strong message to Beijing, saying that India, like China, has different types of allies – temporary bedfellows and all-weather friends – who serve different requirements of the country. And with the help of its all-weather allies, India will scale the Great Wall of China and become a member of the elite Group in the near future.

Koushik Das, based in the Indian capital of New Delhi, is a senior news editor with more than 15 years of experience. He also runs a blog - Boundless Ocean of Politics. E-Mail: [email protected]