The successful test of the Agni-IV intercontinental nuclear-capable ballistic missile, which has a strike range of 4,000 kilometres, has been hailed by the Indian media for its capability to “cover entire China” and the valued addition it makes to the Indian Military arsenal to country any Chinese misadventure.
In an editorial titled ‘India needs to cool its missile fever’ China’s state-run daily ‘Global Times’ scrutinized New Delhi for ‘breaking’ the United Nations “limits on its development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missile” following a missile test by India.
The Global Times editorial stated, Pakistan should have “those privileges in nuclear development that India has” demanding equal treatment furthermore warning Western countries whom “accept India as a nuclear country and are indifferent to the nuclear race between India and Pakistan” that Beijing will not “stand out and stick rigidly to those nuclear rules as necessary”.
“It is simply believed that currently there is a vast disparity in power between the two countries and India knows what it would mean if it poses a nuclear threat to China. The best choice for Beijing and New Delhi is to build rapport.”
Although China is “sincere in developing friendly ties with India”, Beijing “will not sit still if India goes too far”.
The paper said that if the UN Security Council has no objection to India producing intercontinental ballistic missiles “which can cover the whole world… let it be”. However, it cautions “the range of Pakistan’s nuclear missiles will also see an increase.”
It issued a fair warning to the Chinese against being “led astray by India’s extreme words online about its deterrence ability against China. There are similar rhetorics targeting India in China’s cyber world … These aggressive online rhetorics count for little.”
The editorial further denotes “it does little good to itself” if China-India relations are “ruined by any geopolitical tricks”.