China must start taking an of late "pushy" India seriously as it has strategically placed itself in the US-China face-off to gain maximum benefits, an official newspaper here said on Tuesday.
Days after the postponement of border talks over Beijing's objections to the Dalai Lama addressing a conference in New Delhi, Global Times, an influential tabloid of the Communist Party of China, however, said the talks need to be kept alive to avert a breakdown in ties.
In the first comment from the Chinese media, The Times said both countries should stop "overreacting to their disputes".
The paper, in the recent past, said China should resolutely stop India-Vietnam cooperation in the South China Sea.
"India, whose GDP is a third of China's, has been maintaining a bold stance when dealing with China... but China will not yield to India's demand on border issues either," it said. "This is where the dilemma is. Both sides must keep the border issue from worsening by focusing on keeping goodwill talks alive."
It said India's placing itself strategically in the US-China conflict will make it difficult for Beijing to "buy it over".
India has been seeking" acknowledgement worldwide, the editorial said. "It claims India is on the 'first tier' of the world even though the country is still developing... Although US has given the country a first tier diplomatic formality, the 'elephant' is not satisfied. What it really wants is the first-tier growth rate and statistics that match China's."