Chinese Media Perspective on the Eve of Hu Jintao’s Visit to India

Contrary to popular perception the Chinese media has been covering Hu Jintao’s visit to India quite extensively.Infact right at this moment this visit is splashed on the front page of both China Daily website and the People’s daily website with links to special features. But then our defeatist minded Indian media and so called “intellectuals” who suffer from a inferiority complex carried over from colonial days simply don’t want to believe that we are a big power now. Perhaps this is the inferiority complex in the collective mindset of our country’s so called ‘elite classes’ that the Chinese diplomacy is trying to capitalise on with its mindgames and stubborness.

The Op-eds carried by the Chinese newspapers are mostly rhetoric without much substance.They harp on the same predictable lines of how both China and India are great ancient civilisations, how they are the most populous countries in the world, their booming economies, rising trade, year of friendship etc… etc… But they seem to have skirted the hot button issues like the border problem, Tibet, China’s subversive help to the Pakistani nuclear program, its plans to divert the Brahmaputra river or even the latest instance of the Chinese envoy’s foot and mouth disease.

Milestone in relations What will happen when China and India come together?People’s Daily Online dt 22/11/2006

Sino-India partnership ‘of global significance’China Daily dt 22/11/2006

Experts: Dialogue best way to avoid rivalryChina Daily dt 21/11/2006

Hu promotes mutual trust in IndiaChina Daily dt 21/11/2006

China, India hope trade to reach US$40B in 2010 – China Daily dt 21/11/2006

Feature: China-India relations: best yet to comePeople’s Daily Online dt 20/11/2006

Advancing Sino-Indian friendly ties in all-round wayPeople’s Daily Online dt 20/11/2006

And this real funny one

China, India not a case of “the tortoise and the hare”People’s Daily Online 12/10/2006

The Chinese are also concerned that we will overtake them some day just like we fear that they have outstripped us and left us far, far behind.Sample this!

Reporter: A report recently published by the World Economic Forum shows that in the 2006 global competitiveness rankings, China is 11 places behind India. Some people have therefore likened China and India to the tortoise and the hare in Aesop’s famous fable. What do you think?

Wang: China and India are following two very different development models. Both are moving towards prosperity. Reform and opening up in China began in 1978 which prompted rapid economic growth. India’s Congress Party also launched reform in 1991, which followed a policy of liberalization and globalization. Last year, China’s GDP was the fourth largest in the world and India also ranked in the top ten. Both China and India are experiencing rapid economic development and expect a bright future. This has attracted worldwide attention.

It doesn’t matter whether China surpasses India. The key issue is how to keep China on a path of sound development, with long-term, rapid and sustainable growth. There is a prevailing belief in the international community that India will overtake China by 2020. This statement lacks statistical evidence. To use the analogy of the race between the tortoise and the hare for the competition between China and India is fantastic. Only when the hare naps does the tortoise overtake the hare. China will never ‘nap’ in the process of its economic development.

This above statement also gives an insight into the mind of the ‘Chinese bully’. This guy simply doesn’t want to concede even an inch. The Chinese nation seems to be collectively suffering from a acute inferiority complex leftover from their ‘century of shame’ when they were hammered by every foreign colonial power worth its name and now they want to show off how big they are.Once someone stands up to them see them go crazy and behave like a kid whose lollipop has been snatched away.

China and India therefore have something more in common. They both need serious psychological counselling. They both need to get their badly battered and bruised self-esteem back.

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One response to “Chinese Media Perspective on the Eve of Hu Jintao’s Visit to India

  1. RS

    But then our defeatist minded Indian media and so called “intellectuals” who suffer from a inferiority complex carried over from colonial days simply don’t want to believe that we are a big power now

    Exactly my thoughts. I have been thinkin on these lines for a post on Hu’s visit but then changed my mind at the last minute when I saw another interesting Hu related news about which I just blogged.

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