BEIJING: Defending China’s opposition to India’s entry into the NSG as "morally legitimate", a state- run daily today hit out at India saying the West has "spoiled" the country making it a "bit smug" in international affairs.

In a hard hitting editorial, Global Times said it was rules, not China, that prevented India’s entry into the 48-nation elite nuclear trading body.

It said at least 10 countries, including China, have opposed the accession of non-signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) into the NSG.

"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," said the editorial titled ‘Delhi’s NSG bid upset by rules, not Beijing’.

"…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," said the tabloid, part of the ruling Communist Party of China’s publications.

The daily known for its nationalistic postures said India is emerging as the "golden boy" of the West.

"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% of that of China, it is still a golden boy in the eyes of the West, having a…

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