Indian media should view Beijing-Delhi ties constructively

By Ai Jun Source:Global Times Published: 2016/8/14 23:58:39

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid a visit to India on Friday. As a number of media outlets reported, the tour was focused on cooperation over the upcoming G20 and BRICS summits.

However, quite a few Indian media started to cover the tour a week ago with the eye-catching headline "China blocked India's NSG bid, but now wants help on South China Sea."

After negative hype over Sino-Indian ties by Indian media for a long time, it is not hard to envisage that they did it again this time. Yet while they grab all the attention they want like always, they have also caused a deterioration in the Indian public's views of China.

Given the recent frictions between the two countries, including the NSG issue and New Delhi's rejection of visa extension requests for Chinese reporters, there are indeed certain puzzles left unresolved in the bilateral relationship. But they can hardly represent the big picture of Sino-Indian ties.

Thanks to the efforts of governments from both parties, the two nations have been enhancing collaboration and promoting more communications and mechanisms over bilateral, regional issues.

Yet while the Indian government is treating its relations with Beijing rationally, the country's media and public opinion are busy stirring up negative sentiments.

They tend to attach more attention to divergences while overstating contradictions between the two. Words like "invasion" or "transgression" are often used by them to describe Beijing without naming sources, and the "China threat theory" has been hyped up by them from time to time.

Clearly, the Indian media has not yet learned to see the considerable potential of the bilateral relationships with a constructive mind-set.

Over the years, bilateral joint works are unfolding in a variety of fields such as international trade, environmental protection, infrastructure projects, and anti-terrorism, as well as energy security.

Such cooperation will benefit both. Unlike the Indian media's tone, there is no need for Beijing to beg for New Delhi's favor.

It is important for the Indian media to remember that development and prosperity are needed by both sides and they need a stable environment for that.

The West is taking delight in driving a wedge between Beijing and New Delhi. Media from both countries should therefore be more cautious not to fall for that.

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