The Haze from the Hague

I had done a post just recently on the articles written by two Indian experts on India’s abortive attempt to join the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group.

As a postscript, I came across this article in New York Times on the impending judgement from the International Court of Justice @ The Hague on the case filed by the Philippines in 2013. That judgement is due on July 12.

As Bilahari Kausikan, quoted in thar article, points out, China has signed the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. It is the basis on which Philippines has filed its claim. China has been put in a spot. It threw the ‘law’ at India, while obstructing the latter’s application to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group. India had not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and that is deemed a pre-condition for joining the NSG.

Now, if it acted as though international law did not matter, its hypocrisy would be so thoroughly exposed. India should not hesitate to put China in the dock for its double standards.

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