India following ‘tricky two-sided’ China policy: Chinese media

"Indian diplomacy rests on engagement with major world powers instead of clinging to a particular country," said an article in state-run newspaper.

By: PTI | Beijing | Published: April 25, 2016 3:49 pm
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Accusing India of following a “tricky two-sided” China policy to “maximise gains at minimum costs”, an article in the state media here said India’s stand on a negotiated settlement in the disputed South China Sea is aimed at securing membership of the China-led SCO grouping.

“Indian diplomacy rests on engagement with major world powers instead of clinging to a particular country. By adopting an ambiguous strategy, India places itself in a position that all the major powers woo it, but it never explicitly promises anything regarding the policies of other nations,” the article in the state-run Global Times said.

“This makes these countries hope about wooing India while not willing to break ties with it due to its ambiguous stance. India has been trying to maximise its interests with minimum costs, which so far has achieved satisfying results,” the article ‘New Delhi may get dragged into tussles’,” said.

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Referring to the joint statement issued after the April 18 meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC), it said India struck a common stance toward the simmering tensions in the South China Sea (SCS) backing a negotiated settlement to solve territorial disputes.

China opposes the Philippines’ arbitration under the UN Convention on Law of Seas (UNCLOS) on the SCS but is open for a negotiated settlement. “Having established a comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination, China-Russia relations have warmed up in the past two years and Russia has expressed understanding and support for China’s stance in the South China Sea. But India’s attitude is tricky,” it said.

“For years, India has remained a prudent yet ambiguous stance over the SCS issue. At a sensitive moment such as now, India expressed the same attitude as China and Russia, indicating a changing state of mind of India,” it said. “One possible reason is that India has been striving for full-fledged membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). In July 2015, SCO Ufa summit launched the process of accession for India and Pakistan.

“But India’s inclusion into the SCO has not been completed. India needs to prove that its accession can play a constructive role for the unity of SCO members and the international effect of the SCO,” it said.

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  1. Binay Mahanta
    Apr 25, 2016 at 11:42 am
    China must not comment India on foreign policies. It was in the same status and faced same challenges some 15-20 years earlier when there were two power centres in the world. The current comments are nothing but the fallout of a domineering atude towards India.
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      Tetris Karo
      Apr 26, 2016 at 2:13 pm
      Now a days China is regularly commenting on India's foreign policy. Why PM is silent on these issues. Afraid or waiting chance to reach US to issue a statement.
      1. V
        Apr 25, 2016 at 4:01 pm
        Hmm poor China..Message has been sent,next time think 100 times before supporting terrorists.Very well explained in this article of The;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"All diplomatic: India's message to China in Uyghur activist row "lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"The visa granted by India to Uyghur activist Dolkun Isa to attend a conference in Dharam was aimed more at sending a signal to China after it blocked a move to sanction Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar at the;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If India had allowed Isa to visit Dharam, he said, the consequences for China’s national security policy would have been “shattering”. Beijing’s policy lists separatism, extremism and “splittism” linked to Taiwan, Xinjiang and the Dalai Lama as key challenges and any Indian move to let Isa into the country could have been emulated by other nations"---That can be dangerous for China so beware of playing double game with India
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          yash sehgal
          Apr 25, 2016 at 12:06 pm
          Why india going to become a super power gives such impression that india is a weak states cringing to others legs for its;br/gt; Do we realise that constant such impressions always put india at a loss as it loses its credibility.. If it's so can india show to the world that it's another Israel..