“Six decades ago, China and India maintained a similar development level, but there has been a widening gap after China explored reform and opening-up,” said the commentary Indian Rape Case Shows Lack of Genuine Equality.
“Analysts hold that India is about a decade behind China in economic development and three decades behind in social development.” the paper said.
The West, however, saw India as having great potential due to its superior system. “But an inefficient and unequal democracy is unlikely to be able to mobilise this potential,” it said.
The paper said the Indian government was criticised for having reacted slowly and India’s law enforcement system “is considered sloppy”.