close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Hostility high against China in India: State media

Suspicion and hostility towards China "runs rampant" in India, the state media has said, citing the predicament faced by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh for his recent pro-China comments.



Beijing: Suspicion and hostility towards
China "runs rampant" in India, the state media has said,
citing the predicament faced by Environment Minister Jairam
Ramesh for his recent pro-China comments.

Commenting on the outcome of a survey released on May
15, the China Daily said though it may not be comprehensive
the study should sound alarms that "China and India need to do
more to deepen mutual understanding, especially at the
people-to-people level."

The commentary titled `Bridging China-India Gap` said,
45 per cent of Chinese view India favourably, while 43 per
cent of Indians viewed China as a partner.

"More disturbingly, most Chinese still perceive India,
along with the US and Japan, as posing the most threat to
China," it said.

"Findings about whether Indians perceive China as a
threat are unavailable. But there is ample evidence that a
considerable number of Indians do consider China a threat.

Suspicion and even hostility toward China also run
rampant in Indian society," it said.

"The plight of Ramesh offers an immediate example of
this judgement. No sooner had he made some remarks in favour
of China during his visit to Beijing earlier this month than
the Indian official came under immediate attacks from his own
countrymen," it said.

The survey was conducted by Beijing-based Horizon
Research Consultancy.

Also the restrictions being imposed on import of
Chinese telecom equipment, the subject of Ramesh criticism
also reflects the distrust.

"The common practice of India applying stricter terms
on imports from China than from Western countries also bears
witness to the country`s distrust of its neighbour to the
north.

Many Chinese experts believe trade protectionism is
behind India`s suspension of importing telecom equipment from
China," it said.

Apparently, there is a huge gap between how our two
countries are perceived by each other and how our two
countries wish to be treated; it said adding that due to
issues left over from history, the bond between our two
peoples is not as close as it was in the Mao-Nehru era.

"The West-dominated media machine has also amplified
disputes and fuels rancour between us. All that has sowed the
seeds of misunderstanding and estrangement," it said.

Beijing and New Delhi vowed to push bilateral ties to
a new high while marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic
relations between the two nations last month.

More people-to-people level exchanges should be
conducted to expand mutual understanding, update our knowledge
about each other and improve our perceptions, it said.

"The two countries also should tackle their
differences in a more constructive and forward-thinking way.

It is in our two peoples` interests to forge a
friendly relationship featuring robust trade ties and deeper
political trust.

Only when the two Asian giants feel a genuine
closeness between them will the world treat our two nations
with more awe and respect," it said.

Majority of Indians regard China as a friend and
partner in sharp contrast to feeling among Chinese who
consider Pakistan a better partner and place India next only
to the US and Japan in the list of nations that threatened
their country the most, according to the survey.

The survey was conducted by Beijing-based Horizon
Research Consultancy was released the 2nd India-China Forum
meeting here on May 15.

PTI

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

K8 Plus: Lenovo's new phone available @ Rs 10,999

Heavy security outside Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa as search operation begins

WATCH Exclusive: After Doklam standoff, India begins road construction near LAC

Hurricane Irma, rampaging through Caribbean, is most enduring super-storm on record

Three train derailments in 1 day, fourth accident narrowly-averted

China says Indian Army chief's views contrary to those expressed by Modi, Xi