India bristles at closer Sino-US ties (2)

08:06, November 20, 2009      

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India's reaction may demonstrate a sense of wariness and a fear of being ignored at growing ties between China and the US after Obama's visit to Beijing this week, analysts said.

Wang Dehua, of the Institute of South and Central Asian Studies at the Shanghai Center for International Studies, told the Global Times that India unavoidably suffered a sense of loss while observing Sino-US relations entering a new phase.

"China and the US adopted the spirit of seeking common ground while putting differences aside. That should be a reference for the Sino-India relationship. The Indian side, however, seems to prefer to prioritize differences," Wang said.

Ma Jiali, of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, echoed that sentiment, saying the joint statement is not meant to interfere in India's sovereignty.

"It is reasonable for the US and China, especially China, as India's neighbor, to pay attention to security conditions in South Asia," Ma said, adding that protest against such pronouncements was rare, and it may be a display of India's lack of confidence.

It is in China's interests to have an orderly neighborly environment, Wang said. "Good relations between China and Pakistan also benefit India, as China has been trying to persuade Pakistan to continue the peace process with India, instead of jointly confronting it."

India's ambassador in Washington, Meera Shankar, Wednesday downplayed tensions over US ties with China. "Building a cooperative relationship between these two countries would be critical for the emergence of Asia as an area of peace, prosperity and stability in the future," Shankar said of China and India, the AP reported.

Kang Juan and Zhang Han contributed to this story



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