China often claims that it doesn’t take India seriously, but with India launching Agni-V, it’s first Inter-Continental Ballistic Missle (ICBM), China seems to have taken it quite seriously as now it says that if India increases its arsenal of long range missles, it will help Pakistan to do the same.
“If the UN Security Council has no objection over this (ICBMs), let it be. The range of Pakistan’s nuclear missiles will also see an increase,” the state-run Global Times said in an editorial, hinting that China will help Pakistan come on par with India.
News outfits in China are often used by the government to convey its opinions or to test the waters or to deliver rebukes it can’t through diplomatic channels.
Global Times’s editorial further batted for Pakistan saying it should be accorded the same nuclear privileges as India.
“If the Western countries accept India as a nuclear country and are indifferent to the nuclear race between India and Pakistan, China will not stand out and stick rigidly to those nuclear rules as necessary. At this time, Pakistan should have those privileges in nuclear development that India has,” the editorial said.
On the one hand, the editorial said China isn’t bothered by India’s testing of missiles that can carry nuclear warheads, but on the other it did sound like Beijing was perturbed by Agni-IV, especially as it came close on the heels of the successful test-firing of Agni-V.
On Monday, India successfully tested – for the final time – its long-range ballistic missile, Agni-IV, which can travel 4,000 kilometres. No long before that, it successfully test-fired Agni-V that has a range of more than 5,000 kilometres and can reach Europe and the northernmost parts of China.