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Indians living along the border with China are eyeing their neighbor with envy, admiring the fast-paced development in China's southwest region, according to a Financial Times report published Sunday.

Mani Shankar Aiyar, a former Indian diplomat and cabinet minister with responsibility for the country's volatile northeast region, described China's development as "simply spectacular," the report said.

"What is the mistake we have made by being Indians?" the newspaper quoted him as asking, adding that impoverished local people in India's northeast, bordering China, envy the progress taking place on the Chinese side.

Indian visitors to Tibet are struck by the modernization that has taken place in Lhasa, the region's capital, road building projects and a high-altitude railway link to Beijing, according to the report.

Over the past six decades, northeastern India has been "transformed from the second-richest part of British India to the laggard region it is today," Aiyar criticized.

The newspaper quoted a member of parliament from India's northeastern state of Meghalaya as saying that China made itself felt across the border not with its physical infrastructure or military might, but by a flood of highly competitive consumer goods.

He added that cheap Chinese goods were freely available, and imported telephone accessories were being sold at a tenth of their Indian equivalents.

However, India does not see China in "antagonistic terms," as it believes that there is enough space for both to develop in a "mutually supportive manner while remaining sensitive to each other's concerns and aspirations," the Indian Express quoted External Affairs Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna as saying.

In a year-end review of foreign policy and India's relations with its neighbors, Krishna said, "India lives in a difficult neighborhood" and national security and terrorism originating from "across our borders" would remain a major challenge in 2010.

He expressed India's unhappiness at China's assistance to Pakistan and called Beijing-supported projects on the Pakistan side of the Line of Control in the Kashmir region "illegal."

The mistrust with which India views China has also shown in business.

As the Times of India reported Sunday, India's fear of China's infiltration has taken a toll on Mumbai's weather prediction mechanism.

The administration's hand was forced after the defense ministry vetoed a proposal to allow a team of Chinese officials to visit the high-security Navy Nagar to install a radar system.

Officially, the reason was given as a "technical problem.''

"It was not the first time that Chinese technology met mistrust in India," Sun Shihai, an expert on Asia Pacific studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times. "The security excuse that blocked the normal bilat-eral trade does no good to each side."

Meanwhile, Indian defense scientists are readying a weapon system to neutralize enemy satellites operating in low-earth orbit, a top defense scientist said in the city of Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, according to The Hindu newspaper.

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Post time 2010-1-5 10:38:47 |Display all floors
There is indeed a lot of envy. In the 'Japan Times' from January 3rd is a letter from a reader in Pune/India who reacted to an article in the same newspaper from Dec. 27th - which stated that India cannot compare with China because it's not playing in the same league.

Here are some excerpts from this reader:

  1. ...........Yes, India is not like China but we must not forget that all of China is not like Shanghai. There are Chinese slums, there is poverty, moreover, there is no freedom of expression........ [color=Red]I swear it was not written by harmless or seneca[/color]

  2. ....Political criticism of China has not yet reached a critical phase, as the world is still waiting for the Chinese economic balloon to burst..... Ten years down the line, we may have people.....looking for a job in India.
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Post time 2010-1-5 11:10:41 |Display all floors
the only thing that India can boast is that it's a "democratic" country... I don't see how the democracy helps it to become a powerful and developed country. It's even proud of being a former British colony, just like HK... Why can't it just focus on its development, rather than envy China all the time and waste time to criticise China. Chinese people even don't mind what it says.

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Originally posted by souvenir at 2010-1-5 11:10
the only thing that India can boast is that it's a "democratic" country... I don't see how the democracy helps it to become a powerful and developed country. It's even proud of being a fo ...



Souvenir, being envy is different from being jealous. Further India is achieving 8% growth rate since it started economic liberalization though it started its reforms 15 years after China started it

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Originally posted by manoj10 at 2010-1-5 14:23



Souvenir, being envy is different from being jealous. Further India is achieving 8% growth rate since it started economic liberalization though it started its reforms 15 years after China sta ...


Not 15 years later. China started around 1980/81 and India in the late 80th when Manmohan Singh became Minister of Finance.

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Post time 2010-1-5 13:43:16 |Display all floors
Originally posted by satsu_jin at 2010-1-5 13:28


Not 15 years later. China started around 1980/81 and India in the late 80th when Manmohan Singh became Minister of Finance.



Nope, Satsu. India formulated its economic reforms in 1985. But the congress government in which Dr.Singh was there,lost its power soon. The economic reforms plan was atlast accepted in 1990 by the central planning commission. It was not until 1996, when Mr.Vajpayee government came to power the economic reforms were implemented although only in half. India's massive growth since then had silenced critics that a democratic country can't achieve higher growth rate.:)

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Post time 2010-1-5 13:46:38 |Display all floors
Originally posted by manoj10 at 2010-1-5 14:43



Nope, Satsu. India formulated its economic reforms in 1985. But the congress government in which Dr.Singh was there,lost its power soon. The economic reforms plan was atlast accepted in 1990  ...



As for China, it was not until the 1990th that any significant changes took place. The 1980th were just a trial period with very, very small steps.

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