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`Confidant Global Indians taking centre stage`

Though little impresses the Chinese, the emergence of confident and articulate `Global Indians` is leaving lasting impression on the people here as they think this tribe could become more vocal on the world stage in future.



Beijing: Though little impresses the Chinese, the emergence of confident and articulate `Global Indians` is leaving lasting impression on the people here as they think this tribe could become more vocal on the world stage in future.

"The world is bound to see and hear more from Indians. As they become more prominent on the world stage, they will become more vocal and resolute on global issues and their
views are certain to become more important," Li Xing, a senior journalist wrote in a Chinese newspaper.

Xing, who is on a visit to Canada to cover the G-20 summit being attended among others by Chinese President Hu Jintao, was surprised to see droves and droves of Indians
swarming the airport and the city. She learnt from a Pakistani taxi driver that Indians have become the second largest foreign community next to Chinese in Toronto.

"There is a large (Indian) community in the UK, as well as in Southeast Asia and Africa. I visited four African countries in February last year and discovered that Indians have long controlled banking, media and other major businesses there," Li one of the Chinese journalists who had travelled with President Hu during his visit to India in 2006, said.

Numbers of Indians are swelling in China too, she said.

"In China, we have also seen growing communities of Indian business people and professionals in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. There are quite a number of Indian students in medium-sized cities like Zhengzhou in Henan province."

"A number of my colleagues at China Daily are Indians, and we seem to have a lot in common," she said.

"Number of globe-trotting Indians these days is just amazing. Like all nationalities, they have noticeable characteristics. Some of them speak loudly, and they seem to like to jump the queues. But the most noticeable characteristic is their confidence; they seem to be more self-assured than other Asians, particularly Chinese," Li said.

"I have noticed that Indian scholars are particularly adept at expressing their views and putting forth their ideas.

A friend of mine who has attended a lot of international scientific conferences tells me that a moderator has nothing to fear if there are participants from India a lively
discussion is assured," she said.

"No wonder, over the past few years, I`ve seen more and more Indian names in the list of leading academics at universities in English-speaking countries," she said.

PTI

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