Chinese state media on Wednesday put Sino-India relations on a pedestal, talking about mutually compatible dreams, inclusive development and discovering more areas of common interest.
The nationalist Global Times newspaper, often critical about India’s democracy and its pitfalls, even compared India and Japan, saying both countries wield the same influence.
“On the global strategic chessboard, Japan and India wield nearly the same influence. In contrast to Japan's openly hostile policy toward China, India follows a cooperative principle with China. Therefore, Japan has to seek the favor of India, not the other way around,” the newspaper’s editorial said on Wednesday as President Xi Jinping landed in India.
“New Delhi is committed to an independent foreign policy and it is a behemoth even Washington can hardly mobilise willfully, let alone Tokyo. This reflects India's diplomatic wisdom, in which its huge interests play a decisive role,” the unusually laudatory editorial said.
It added that the geopolitical significance of the “benign development of Beijing-New Delhi ties can't be duplicated”.
“For us, the Sino-Indian relationship, with its own strategic merits, doesn't have to be associated with ties with other major powers. Rationality and vision dictate the development of bilateral ties,” it said.
The Chinese government’s official news agency, Xinhua, ran a commentary under the headline: “China, India look beyond differences for mutual benefits.”
“The development of China and India are each other's opportunity and peaceful, cooperative and inclusive development will not only benefit the two peoples but also Asia and the world at large,” it said.
About the two countries cooperating in the international arena: “On the world stage, China and India are natural partners in setting global rules on climate change, reshaping global economic landscape and securing more rights for developing countries.”
It is a shared recognition that mutual benefits and common development can only be achieved through trust building, rather than rivalry, the Xinhua commentary added.