Xinhua News Agency columnist Li Hongmei has done it again with yet another eye-popping commentary, entitled “India’s undue worry about China results from inferiority complex”. Here are a few gems from the article:
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.
[On former Indian foreign minister Jaswant Singh’s observation that China is playing a game of strategic encirlcement] 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.
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.
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.
Why India appears so impatient to take more agreeable strategies in its periphery is still beyond understanding. But one thing is certain: Today’s India, no matter how anxious it intends to lead the region and even the world, is far from potent and prosperous to act of its own accord—-By currying favor with China’s neighbor, 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.
If India were as courageous as what China has managed to do—-daringly reaching out to attract foreign investment and confidently going global, and perhaps, if India could forgo its restrictions on Chinese products and investment, it would progress even faster and would really rival China in the foreseeable future. “No competition, no progress”, which is an inbuilt principle in market economy.
If India could carry itself with some ease and confidence, it would not be belittled by others, including China. But if it persisted in its “strategic encirclement” thinking of its giant neighbor, India would virtually step on a loss-making route, at least, in mentality.
Ananth Krishnan, China correspondent of The Hindu, observes:
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has since taken a more measured tone on relations with India, playing down differences following the meeting between the two leaders. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin said this week there was “no power in the world that can prevent the development of bilateral relations between the two countries.”