Well, well, well. The Chinese are rattled, like seriously rattled, by what happened on June 23 and 24 in the NSG plenary at Seoul.
You already know that India could not make it into the elite club because of Beijing’s insistence on “procedure”. Yet China is worried that India was able to get the support of at least 38 countries out of the 48 that form the club.
This is why Beijing criticized its lead negotiator and Director General of the Arms Control Division at the Foreign Ministry, Wang Qun, for his failure to get enough backing for China’s stance against India.
And what is enough backing? China thought that at least 16 nations will stand with Beijing, but that didn’t happen.
But what is China afraid of? Isolation, according to reports.
Beijing fears that the way so many nations supported India, the winds will blow against China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague where it is fighting a case filed against it by Philippines.
Manila has sued Beijing over the latter’s territorial reclamation activities in the South China Sea.
If the verdict goes against it, China will be forced to give up land to Philippines, which would mean a loss of face for Beijing before the international community.
According to reports, China thinks India will back the decision at The Hague – which is most likely to be against China. That would be a serious embarrassment to the Dragon.
China claims that 60 nations are supporting it against Philippines but what happened at NSG is giving sleepless nights to the Communist government.