New Delhi is sprucing up ahead of Monday’s arrival of Mr. Hu, China’s first head of state to come to India in a decade — there is a stray-cattle roundup under way, for example. But the nation’s capital is bedeviled by the same sort of cramped airports, rough roads and frequent power outages that recall the darker days (often literally) of China’s own economic opening.
That is why many Indians are looking past Mr. Hu to the Chinese economic model he represents. Indians, who are passionate democrats, don’t care much for China’s repressive political regime. But increasingly, they care about China’s economic success. In that way, India regards China much the way China viewed Japan more than a decade ago. [Full Text, subscribers only]
– Also The Indian Express’s Hu has to ‘build trust’ in India (Nov. 16, 2006), Talk border before Hu visit, India tells China (Nov. 2, 2006)
– And China Daily’s more business-oriented President set for first Indian visit