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Ramesh`s `apology understandable`: Chinese analyst

Amid a row over Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh`s remark describing Home Ministry`s approach towards Chinese investments in India as "alarmist", a top analyst here has said his "apology" was "understandable".



Beijing: Amid a row over Environment
Minister Jairam Ramesh`s remark describing Home Ministry`s
approach towards Chinese investments in India as "alarmist", a
top analyst here has said his "apology" was "understandable".

"Ramesh is one of the politicians who advocate
friendly Sino-Indian co-operation. His supportive remarks
toward Chinese products are encouraging," said Zhao Gancheng,
director at the Department of South Asia Studies of the
Shanghai Institutes for International Studies.

"However, his criticism of the Home Ministry seemed to
be questioned by the central government and the Indian public.
Therefore, it is understandable for him to make an apology to
the relevant departments," Zhao was quoted as saying by the
state-run Global Times.

About alleged intrusions by Chinese Army into Indian
territory, he said it was purely speculative.

"The story, without confirmation by Indian officials,
indicates that some Indian people maintain a prudent stance
toward sensitive or negative information related to
Sino-Indian ties," Zhao said.

The expert said although speculations have limited
effects on governmental decision-making processes, it could
impact public opinion in India toward China in the long term.

In his comments on the reports of incursions, Sun
Shihai, a South Asia studies expert at the Chinese Academy of
Social Sciences, told the China Daily that such media
speculation will only escalate negative sentiments.

"It`s challenging to thoroughly settle the LAC (Line
of Actual Control) issue and it certainly takes a long time,
but we have to keep a strategic view," Sun told the state run
daily.

The most important thing is for Beijing and New
Delhi to discuss how to avoid conflicts.

"Conflicts are likely in future if hostile sentiments
keep building between the two peoples, and that`s dangerous
and won`t do China or India any good. Now there`s a push for
officials to talk about what can be done to prevent such
threats and maintain peace together," Sun said.

Fu Xiaoqiang, a scholar of South Asian studies at the
China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said
Sino-Indian relations would not be affected by such reports.
"The two countries currently enjoy good diplomatic ties and
military frictions are unlikely," Fu said, adding they still
need each other`s support in many fields.

Jiang Yu, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson,
yesterday dismissed the reports of incursions, saying Beijing
was committed to solving the vexed boundary issue through
talks and would maintain peace along the border.

PTI

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