Beijing: Days after Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao, the
state-run media here on Thursday said India was "jealous" of China`s
growing influence in Asia and charged it with instigating
"small" neighbours for a "gang fight" against this country.
"India jitters at the sight of China gaining prestige in
Asia, in particular, in South Asia and Southeast Asia, and
takes China`s ever-growing regional influence in recent years
as a strategic encirclement to target and contain India,"
Xinhua news agency said in a commentary on its website.
Written in response to an article, "Asia`s Giants
Colliding at Sea?” by former Defence Minister Jaswant Singh,
it said India is living under "delusion" that China was out to
The Xinhua commentary came nearly a week after Singh and
Wen met in Bali on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit and
agreed that there was enough space and areas for the two Asian
giants to work together. Their meeting on November 18 took
place against the backdrop of the South China Sea row.
Apparently referring to India`s `Look East` policy
consolidating its ties with Southeast Asian countries like
Vietnam and Japan, the commentary said New Delhi is resorting
to "instigate" China`s neighbours to contain its influence.
China had sought "a win-win model when it developed
economic and trade relations with its neighbours, including
India," it said.
"Why India appears so impatient to take more agreeable
strategies in its periphery is still beyond understanding...
By currying favour with China`s neighbours, in particular,
those who have brewed disputes with China, India would assume,
it could instigate these smaller nations to engage in a gang
fight against China and contain China`s growing clout in the
region," the commentary said.
"It sounds nothing more than a loud jealousy, for the
simple reason that China has done what India could not,
especially when India perceives that China`s influence has
well reached to its doorsteps and created tremendous impact on
those who should have banked on India as imagined," it said.
This also explains why India has been living under the
"delusion that China lays out a strategic chessboard to lock
up and contain India, and thereby every act and every move of
China could touch a raw nerve of India," it said.
"Jealousy can sometimes be put in the same breath of
inferiority. India could trace its sense of being so
self-abased to the brief border war with China in 1960s, when
it was beaten by the Chinese army. And India has since eyed
China with deep-seated distrust", the commentary alleged.
"The Indian media are always given to wild speculation on
what on earth China intends to do. Any move Dragon takes in
the region would in all likelihood vex Elephant," it said.
In a nutshell, "to grow up to be a real power and stand
as a sound competitor, India needs to, first and foremost,
break through its own psychological fence," it said.