India's `hegemony' is a threat to its neighbours, says China daily

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India's "hegemony" poses a threat to its neighbours, says a premier Chinese daily, citing India's "recent provocation on border issues with China" as proof.

In an opinion piece, the People's Daily says, "In recent years, Indians have become more narrow minded and intolerable of outside criticism as nationalism sentiment rises, with some of them even turning to hegemony.

"It can be proved by India's recent provocation on border issues with China.''

The newspaper, which is the mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, says that India's hegemony "is a hundred per cent result of British colonialism. Dating back to the era of British India, the country covered a vast territory including present-day India, Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh as well as Nepal.''

A previous victim of colonialism and hegemony, it said, India started dreaming about developing its own hegemony after the British left.

"Obsessed with such mentality, India turned a blind eye to the concessions China had repeatedly made over the disputed border issues, and refused to drop the pretentious airs when dealing with neighbours like Pakistan.''

To bolster its argument, the newspaper says that even Jawaharlal Nehru had once said that "India could not play an inferior role in the world, and it should either be a superpower or disappear.'

Calling the dream of being a superpower held by Indians "impetuous", the daily says, "The dream of superpower is mingled with the thought of hegemony, which places the South Asian giant in an awkward situation and results in repeated failure.

Since India has constantly been under foreign rule, the newspaper said, "the essence for the rise of India lies in how to be an independent country, to learn to solve the complicated ethnic and religious issues, to protect the country from terrorist attacks, to boost economic development as well as to put more efforts on poverty alleviation.''

But India's hegemonic designs face geopolitical limitation. "It has the Himalaya mountain to its north, a natural barrier for northward expansion; it has Pakistan to the west, a neighbour it is always at odds over the disputed border issues,'' the article says.

Blaming India for pursuing a foreign policy of "befriend the far and attack the near", it said, "It engaged in the war separately with China and Pakistan and the resentment still simmers. If India really wants to be a superpower, such a policy is shortsighted and immature.''

If India wants to be a superpower, the daily said, it needs to have "its eyes on relations with neighbours and abandon the recklessness and arrogance as the world is undergoing earthshaking changes.

"For India, the ease of tension with China and Pakistan is the only way to become a superpower.''

It said China is "proactively engaging in negotiations with India for the early settlement of border dispute and India should give a positive response".
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Well, well. Who's being hegemonic? Before taking on the west, China thinks it can practice playing dirty politics in its immediate neighbourhood. If India ensures China success is as limited as possible, China's own credibility to take on the west will be severely undermined.
 

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As quick reference, "Hegemony" = having ambition for world domination. "Impetuous" = delusive / impulsive.
 

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China is trying to become USA/Japan. They must start learning from USA's/Japan's misadventures quickly as well.
 

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when talking about concession made by china on the border issues, did the editor of the newspaper even bother to look up aksai chin- i think not!
 

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"For India, the ease of tension with China and Pakistan is the only way to become a superpower.''

uncle Mao's atama is telling us puney Indian's realpolitk :rofl:
 

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In an opinion piece, the People's Daily says, "In recent years, Indians have become more narrow minded and intolerable of outside criticism as nationalism sentiment rises, with some of them even turning to hegemony.

Its an opinion piece for heaven's sake. China daily's opinion piece looks something like this Chinadaily BBS - China & the World - Cow (India) Desire of Hitting Bull (China), its like a forum where members post their views.

Indian media(IBN in this case) has its own style of adding spice to a news of a man who has no significance in actual policy making.

Here is another opinion piece of same China Daily China and India must be friends, not turn into foes . You wont find our media quoting it ever.

I do not know, why our media have got this sudden Anti-china obsession? They are like sharks searching around web for someone from China to post something against India and bam.. it becomes headlines. Look at their website China Daily Website - Connecting China Connecting the World. Search their website for indian news, there is hardly any. Most Chinese media hardly discuss anything Indian. It is only our media which just wants to aggravate the tension to raise their TRP's in the process making people worried .
 

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Its an opinion piece for heaven's sake.
QM, People's daily is considered to be the official mouthpiece of CCP party and most of the thinking of CCP leaders is relayed through such opinion pieces. Don't take such things for granted. There is a reason why that opinion piece is highlighted in Indian media, because it reflects the thinking of Chinese leadership.
 

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QM, People's daily is considered to be the official mouthpiece of CCP party and most of the thinking of CCP leaders is relayed through such opinion pieces. Don't take such things for granted. There is a reason why that opinion piece is highlighted in Indian media, because it reflects the thinking of Chinese leadership.
You are right. It's almost CCP's tradition that important policy making comes out of a relevant editorial commentary. But these articles are not.
 

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QM, People's daily is considered to be the official mouthpiece of CCP party and most of the thinking of CCP leaders is relayed through such opinion pieces. Don't take such things for granted. There is a reason why that opinion piece is highlighted in Indian media, because it reflects the thinking of Chinese leadership.
The title of the article said "China Daily" but the actual article is quoted from "People's Daily", both are different papers. Now is that responsible journalism?
(Original Source: Indian hegemony continues to harm relations with neighbors - People's Daily Online)

The same people's daily quoted the following opinion upon Indian media which never got quoted.

Indian media stinks up public opinions

By Li Hongmei People's Daily Online

The dispute over boundary issues between China and India is expected to be settled, or to take a substantial step forward approaching the final solution, only on the condition that both of them are ready to shake off the traditional conceptions and deep-seated misunderstandings. Meanwhile, both reach out to each other in a joint effort to cultivate a good-will atmosphere for public opinions.

But it seems that things are going just to the opposite. Even when it is still a moot point whether there will be another border war between the two Asian rivals, the war of words has long set in and to this date shows no signs of ceasing. Hyped up by Indian media on border disputes with the cliché 'China Threat Theory', public opinions within India were quickly churned up into a roaring sea against China and the Chinese people.

On the other hand, the Chinese side, while retorting sarcastically in its state run media, has been actually exercising restraint in an effort to salvage the situation from further trending down. However, the bitter exchanges have so far spilled into the open following a handful of irresponsible India media institutions fabricated stories to incite anti-China sentiments among the Indian public by quoting some unbeknownst sources or unidentifiable interviewees.

One famous example, besides the old favorite 'Chinese incursions' tale, was that some Indian media organs on purpose cooked up a Chinese blog article published on a pivotal website as early as 2006, and even linked it to some Chinese think tank simply because the blogger was named 'strategy' online. And they thereby assumed the blogger must have been a member of China's Center for Strategy Studies. They cudgeled their brain to convince both the Indian officialdom and public that China, according to 'the top Chinese think tank', intended to split India by encouraging communal divisions in India in order to break it up into 20-30 small states. A fanciful story invented by Indian media based on 'China Threat.'

Another oft-used strategy, if it is so popular a word for Indian media, I would like to borrow it here, is loudly and desperately bragging about the Indian strength, particularly how mighty India is as a military power, in an attempt to intimidate China. The example to be cited here is the recent threat from India, leaked also by some of its media, that India would possibly blast China's major railway into the Tibetan Plateau, a project built in 2006, and dubbed as the 'gateway to the top of the world' by both Chinese and foreign tourists, but absurdly regarded by Indian officials and defense analysts as designed for the rapid deployment of troops to attack India.

Admittedly, these baseless assumptions will eventually declare their own bankruptcy when confronted with facts, but the negative effects brought about by the media on the already volatile bilateral ties would probably linger on. But one thing is certain—although China-India rivalry could extend well into the future, they will never pose a mortal foe to each other. They would maintain discontents over wide arrays of issues, but they are not flooded in the orgies of inveterate hatred. Why the Indian media is so fanatic as to stoke up a life-and-death fight between the two neighbors is really beyond understanding.

At present, India is still a lesser power than China in terms of economy and, military, both conventionally and unconventionally. But it is evident that the U.S. has been tipping the balance between China and India, seeking to woo India away from Russia and China and, in the mean time, feeding India's ambition to match China force for force by its ever burgeoning arms sales to India.

Emboldened by the U.S., and fueled by the media over the flare-up of nationalism in India and chauvinism among the Hinduism public, Indian government is somewhat eclipsed by the media-manipulated public opinions, and gets disoriented when making decisions.

If the dangerous war-loving sentiments remain untamed, an accidental slip or go-off at the border would erode into a war, which is the last thing to expect to both as the developing nations.
Indian media stinks up public opinions - People's Daily Online
 

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^ That is true. Whoever talked about dismembering India was merely a "think tank" forum poster / blogger.

I do not know, why our media have got this sudden Anti-china obsession?
Fear and Anger sell.

I think whoever in China believes that India is going to turn into a superpower, not so much a belligerent neighbour, is grossly mislead, and is probably making a quick buck selling FUD just like IBN. At least you know it's the same with Chinese media.

I gave this article some credibility because it allegedly came from CCP's mouthpiece.
 

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All i can say is that both sides need to calm down. This aggression and war-talk is not going to benefit either country, and an actual war would definitely destroy both countries' ambitions of being superpowers. Continue on the path of peaceful cooperation and talks.

Indian media, especially, needs to stop making a big deal out of every little incident. It seems to do that way too often with other things also. At times it could be a good thing, but in this case, it is not.
 

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why are the countries in always more interested in its neighbours indians talk about the chinese and aways try to bring in taiwan,or chinese domestic violence and their ccp rulers why cant they stop and behave more maturely same with the chinese why are they concerned about indian neighbours ?
take a chill pill guys and gals indo-china relations is the media usp
 

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People's Daily said:
India's "hegemony" poses a threat to its neighbours

People's Daily said:
But India's hegemonic designs face geopolitical limitation. "It has the Himalaya mountain to its north, a natural barrier for northward expansion; it has Pakistan to the west, a neighbour it is always at odds over the disputed border issues''
Facepalm.................... :stinker:

*First observed by Brahma Chellaney.
 

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Interesting views...also, a harbinger of things to come.
 

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