CHINA Worried about INDIAN ICBM AGNI 5 launch; wants to question INDIA in UNSC
China said on Tuesday it is willing to question India’s successful launch of Agni-V ballistic missile at the United Nations Security Council. It is one of the five permanent members of UNSC.”The UN Security Council has explicit regulations on whether India can develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons,” Hua Chunying, spokesperson of the Chinese foreign ministry said. She did not specify if Beijing would actually invoke these rules, perhaps hoping that Indian diplomats would react sharply.
The ministry disclosed its concern about reports in the Indian and Japanese media speculating that Agni-V is meant to counter China . “They need to ask the Indian side for their intention behind the move,” she said referring to the media. The Agni-V can reach most parts of Asia and Europe, which is what stirred media speculation that its purpose is to tackle challenges from China and Pakistan. The statement came on a day when China released a white paper revealing its ambitious plans to land on the moon in 2018, and launch a Mars probe in 2020. Beijing also claimed that it uses space sciences for peaceful purposes.
“China is willing to work alongside regional countries including India to maintain the long-lasting peace, stability and prosperity of the region,” she said. China and India have reached an important consensus that the two countries are not rivals for competition but partners+ as two significant developing countries and emerging economies, she pointed out.Hua expressed the hope that “relevant media can report in an objective and sensible manner and do more things to contribute to the mutual trust between China and India and regional peace and stability”.
The media is often targeted in proxy wars as diplomats do not wish to directly challenge their counterparts in the other country, observers said.”China always maintains that preserving the strategic balance and stability in South Asia is conducive to peace and prosperity of regional countries and beyond,” she said. Discussing the goals of Beijing’s space policy, the white paper said, “To explore the vast cosmos, develop the space industry and build China into a space power is a dream we pursue unremittingly”. China aims to use space for peaceful purposes and to guarantee national security, and to carry out cutting-edge scientific research, it said.