"India needs to perceive China objectively," the Global Times said in an editorial, commenting on how many in the Indian media were blaming Beijing for keeping India from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
"The country seems to be still stuck in the shadow of the war with China in the 1960s and many still hold on to the obsolete geopolitical view that China does not want to see India rise.
"However, New Delhi may have misunderstood Beijing, which can make a big difference in its strategic decisions," said the daily, which reflects the thinking of the Chinese leadership.
China, it said, no longer viewed India simply from a political perspective but far more from an economic one.
"Only by seeking common development between China and India can the two build a new international order and form an Asian century," it said, adding India's rapid economic development can actually help improve its relations with China.
"Chinese citizens may not realize the full potential of India, but in general they are attaching far more importance to the neighbouring country than ever before."
The Global Times said any country wanting to join the NSG would have to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) "but India is not a party to the NPT.
"The only exception is if India can obtain consent from all 48 NSG members, but several countries apart from China hold reservations in this regard.
"India had better put more efforts into figuring out how to obtain international trust rather than misinterpreting and defaming China," the editorial said.