Well, the Times of India does make some amends to their silly earlier article from Beijing, with some plain speaking in this article. Thank you TOI! -Beijing 'disappoints' Delhi
The Indian Express has some more details on this -Delhi sent demarche to Beijing, Bush called Hu
Last night, China had delivered a surprise by threatening to leave, objecting to the manner in which US was “forcing” a consensus. Clearly, Beijing decided to make its dissent open and, very quickly, countermeasures were put in place. Closely coordinating with the US, New Delhi issued a strong demarche to China in Beijing late last night. The same was conveyed to the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi this morning, which was gearing up for Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi’s visit starting tomorrow. Sources said South Block worked through the night passing on the tough message to Beijing that its position was contrary to assurances it had given at the political level that it wouldn’t come in the way of an NSG consensus for India.
Washington simultaneously stepped up gears and US President George W. Bush contacted his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao asking him not to block the waiver. Sources said “everyone in the US government below the President” leaned on someone in the Chinese government in a closely coordinated effort. In short, the US “pulled out all stops,” including reminding the Chinese of the evidence Washington had of its past proliferation activities, particularly in Pakistan.
Ataboy Bush! .. God bless you Manmohanji! .. It feels great that India was not really sitting around and hopimg for China to not trouble us, but we finally did stand up to the soul-less country and directly told them that we won't silently accept all their manipulations as "our bad fate" for ever.
.. and the poor Chinese foreign minister comes to Delhi now -Pranab to host dinner for Chinese foreign minister
We will have a Kathak dance and the whole works for him ... I love it! .. This is how we should behave. Like big boys. Pull out the demarches (with proper understanding of help from other big boys like the US), to show tham that we are not pushovers anymore, and then get the Chinese to enjoy some nice Kathak!!
We should not over-react, and should continue very friendly relations with China. Just let them know that, when push comes to shove, we are no longer an isolated little baby crying "mommy" to the world who wouldn't care less.
Also, on the NSG waiver itself, the IE says,
While there were dogged efforts to include a provision that would cease cooperation with India in case it detonates a nuclear device, New Delhi stood firm and Washington did not press further. Both India and the US maintained that Paragraph 16 of the NSG guidelines that provide for NSG consultation in such circumstances — where NSG could by consensus suspend further trade — was sufficient. This rule, incidentally, also applies to all countries of the NSG .... While the final decision is still to be released, sources confirmed to The Sunday Express that there is no mention of the “testing” word in the draft.
The fact that, as far as NSG and nuke tests are concerned, we have not agreed to anything more than what all NSG countries, including the nuclear powers, have agreed to [except that the 5 nuclear powers have a sum total of only 3 or 4 reactors unde proper IAEA safeguards while we will have several]. Of course, bilateral fuel purchase agreements with any country may have more stringent conditions too.
Also, there are multiple reports that the "unanimous consent" was passed with no clapping, nothing .. Just pin-drop silence in the NSG meeting hall (one diplomat said he had never witnessed something like that for a unanimous agreement!). That shows you that the US completely forced everybody to agree and this body that came into existence purely because of India 34 years back, could only stay silent in face of the stark reality that India is not going anywhere and that they cannot keep away from us anymore.
India has just finally turned a corner, folks! .. It is up to us not to mess it up any more.