|Published : 12 Oct 2016, 11:45:31|
India need not be ‘jealous’ of close China-Bangladesh ties: Chinese media
New Delhi need not be “jealous” of Beijing and Dhaka’s increasing friendship but could use this as an opportunity to improve bilateral relations with China during the BRICS summit in Goa this weekend, the state-run Global Times has suggested.
In an article Wednesday, the tabloid argued that a growing relationship between China and Bangladesh – where President Xi Jinping will be on October 14 a day before reaching Goa – will convince India to not only to recalibrate ties with South Asian countries but also with China.
“India will not need to be jealous of an increasingly close relationship between Beijing and Dhaka, because the improvement of local infrastructure and the overall economic ecology in Bangladesh will create favorable external conditions for connecting with markets in India, China and Southeast Asia,” the usually hawkish Global Times said.
In a long-winded argument it said, “However, it would not necessarily be a bad thing if an increasingly close relationship between China and Bangladesh puts some pressure on New Delhi to rethink its strategy in this region and encourages it to put more effort into improving relations with China during the upcoming meeting between President Xi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit.”
Despite India’s close ties with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Maldives in the region, the tabloid which is affiliated to the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) mouthpiece, People’s Daily, presumes that such ties don’t exist now.
“There have been misconceptions in India that China may feel unhappy if South Asian countries such as Bangladesh forge close ties with India and that China feels the need to build closer ties with Bangladesh,” it said.-Asfar