The Chinese state media strongly criticised the Indian media on Monday for stirring up negative sentiments about Beijing.

A couple of days after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, the state-controlled ‘Global Times’ daily said that it would be important for the two Asian countries to expand collaboration and ensure their economic development. The daily urged the Indian media not to publish damaging reports, saying that those reports were impacting the Asian giant’s image across the border.

Global Times referred to a news report published in an English daily in India, saying that the “eye-catching headline” of the report gave the wrong impression about Wang’s India visit. The editorial of the Chinese daily stated: “Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid a visit to India on Friday. As a number of media outlets reported, the tour was focused on co-operation over the upcoming G20 and BRICS Summits. However, quite a few Indian media started to cover the tour a week ago with the eye-catching headline ‘China blocked India’s NSG bid, but now wants help on South China Sea’.”

The daily clearly mentioned in its editorial that the visiting minister did not discuss the South China Sea dispute with the top Indian political leadership, stressing that Beijing would not “beg” a favour from New Delhi on any particular issue. At the same time, Global Times said that Beijing was ready to co-operate with New Delhi on various fields, like international trade, environmental protection, infrastructure projects, anti-terrorism and energy security.

The Chinese state media advised the Indian media to discover full potential of the bilateral relationships with a constructive mindset, saying: “It is important for the Indian media to remember that development and prosperity are needed by both sides and they need a stable environment for that.” According to the daily, China’s stand on India’s NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) membership bid and India’s rejection of visa extension requests for Chinese media persons cannot represent the big picture of Sino-Indian ties.

Meanwhile, the daily praised the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi for treating bilateral ties rationally. Prime Minister Modi is trying hard to strengthen India’s ties with China and Beijing appreciates his effort, said the editorial.

Koushik Das, based in the Indian capital of New Delhi, is a senior news editor with more than 15 years of experience. He also runs a blog - Boundless Ocean of Politics. E-Mail: [email protected]