A report, which Indian officials declined to comment upon but did not deny, quoted Singh as saying Beijing’s continuing “pinpricks,” such as the recent Chinese actions regarding Kashmir, were designed “to keep India in a low-level equilibrium.” Singh noted Beijing “new assertiveness” but added that the present Beijing leadership would change in another two years.
India did not know which way China would go after that and therefore, had “to be prepared.”
Indian sources said Beijing has not taken previous statements of this nature lightly. In 2009 in Washington, Singh had spoken of Chinese “assertiveness” – and China had raised the matter through diplomatic channels. Beijing, said an official, “takes note of as well as takes up” such remarks with New Delhi.
India’s stated position on China, which Singh did mention during his meeting with editors on Monday, has been that "cooperation and competition" are two components of India-China ties. But there is enough space for the two countries to meet their respective economic growth aspirations.