On Thursday, Apr 19 after India successfully launched Agni-V missile, China called on the international community to work together in promoting international nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament and nuclear security.
The Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations (UN), Li Baodong has been quoted as saying, "To continually promote international nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament, and nuclear security is of great significance to maintaining international peace and security."
"China believes to maintain international peace and stability, to realise general security in the world, we must uphold a new security concept based on mutual trust, benefit, equality, and coordination," claimed Li.
Earlier on Thursday, a Chinese daily said that even if Indian missiles can reach most parts of China, it stands "no chance in an overall arms race" with the country. It added that New Delhi would gain nothing from this other than "further hostility".
The ballistic article appeared in the state-run Global Times in the op-ed section titled "India being swept up by missile delusion" and ridiculed the missile test-firing by saying that India has hopes of entering the global inter-continental missile club despite the fact that inter-continental missiles normally have a range of over 8,000 km.