Updated: September 19, 2014 1:25:45 pm
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s three-day visit to India generated curiosity across the world. The two Asian giants are one of the fast growing economies in the region and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outreach to India’s neighbours since he took over in May this year is touted as his attempt to make the region an economic hub with close business ties.
Modi rolled out a red carpet for Xi in Ahmedabad and showcased the Gujarati culture to the visiting dignitary. Here is how the world media reacted to President Xi’s visit and what it means for the region.
The New York Times writes, “China has the ability to channel billions of dollars into Indian infrastructure and manufacturing projects, allowing Mr. Modi to pursue the jobs-creation agenda that was at the heart of his campaign.”
The BBC says, “Much like Mr Modi, Mr Xi is also a strong nationalist leader who has a hardline orientation on national security but remains eager to co-operate on economic issues. Mr Modi’s room for diplomatic manoeuvering is considerably higher than that of his predecessor, Manmohan Singh, who was constrained by his lack of political authority and his party’s seeming foreign policy ineptitude.”
“Beijing has been unsettled by Indian-US cooperation in the Asia Pacific region and Indian’s stance on territorial disputes involving China and other nations in the South and East China Seas. Modi’s apparent rapport with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, during a heavily publicised recent visit to Tokyo and his plans to meet Barack Obama later this month point to a carefully balanced approach to India’s relations with world powers,” writes the Guardian.
An article on CNN says, “There are indeed a number of potential synergies. And India has much to learn from China.” However, the article adds that China may be India’s biggest trading partner, but China counts Europe, the U.S., Japan, South Korea, and even Brazil as more important partners right now. “Given the the two countries share a large border, India will want that status to change. For China, too, there are clear upsides to increasing trade with a neighbor that has growing economic needs and clout,” it added.
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