Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s high-profile tour Germany, France and Canada is unlikely to yield concrete results or any economic dividend that is remarkable, China’s state media said on Thursday.
Despite many summits and meetings between India and the EU in the past years, hardly any major investment has flown into India, the opinion piece in the Global Times newspaper said, indicating an indifferent attitude towards that many in China’s academic and strategic circles have towards India.
The piece, based on an interview with Zhao Gancheng, director of South Asia studies at the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, advised not to expect any “dramatic improvement” in India’s relationship with the EU.
“A dramatic improvement in India’s relationship with Europe and remarkable progress in their economic cooperation is unlikely to happen just through one visit. There won’t be big strides forward in India and changes have to take place slowly and gradually,” Zhao told the newspaper, part of Communist Party of China’s mouthpiece, People’s Daily.
Earlier talks, according to Zhao,“have hardly translated into actual outcomes and no considerable European investment has made in India”.
“One reason is India’s slow moving on infrastructure improvement,” Zhao said.
In his interview to Hindustan Times on Wednesday, Modi had outlined how the three countries could contribute to India’s growth.
“These three countries are major economies that have great relevance to our development process and growth. They can each contribute in terms of capital flow, technology and best practices,” Modi said.
But Zhao said even though India does not have any diplomatic divergence with these countries, relations with them have never taken off.
“India has no substantial grudges or divergences on political issues with the three countries but bilateral relationships with them have long maintained aloof as their attention is seldom given to the emerging country apart from regular meetings,” the opinion piece said.