Global Times special correspondent in India: Zhou Liangchen
“The UN Security Council has explicit regulations on whether India can develop ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying’s response on December 27 regarding India’s successfull test firing of “Agni -5” intercontinental ballistic missile evoked a strong reaction in India. The Indian media interpreted this as “China trying to submit the matter to the UN Security Council for disposal.” India’s Economic Times reported this topic on the same evening saying that although the Chinese side had not made it clear that it would vote on this matter at the United Nations, it seemed they were hoping that the Indian foreign ministry would give a clear response.
Hua Chunying actually did not specify which UN Security Council resolution, but the Indian media thinks that she was referring to Resolution 1172 passed by the United Nations Security Council 18 years ago asking India and Pakistan to abandon all nuclear tests. India’s THE WIRE website reported on December 28 that it was for the first time China has mentioned this resolution after New Delhi tested a nuclear-capable ballistic missile. The report contrasted China’s responses since the first test of the Agni four years ago, saying this year’s was the most severe response from China.
Late in the night of 27th, India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup quickly responded that development of India’s strategic capabilities is not targeted against any particular country; moreover India will fulfill all the corresponding international obligations, and hoped that other countries also comply with such guidelines.
Indian media has repeatedly claimed that “Agni-5” missile range is sufficient to cover the whole of China and parts of Europe, and see it as a “weapon to counter China.” Just after the success of “Agni -5” test launch, Indian media has already begun to give publicity to “Agni -6”. India’s Economic Times said in another article that in 2012, “Agni-1” had a range of only 700 km, later models have improved their ranges with 1,000 km increment as the basic standard. “Agni -5” has a maximum range of 5500 Km, while the “Agni-6” is characterized by multiple warheads, multi-tasking and launch-maneuverability. ▲