Aug. 28, 2020, 12:20 p.m.
Beijing: India’s tough military posture on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh has pushed China on to the backfoot.
Now the Chinese government is using its state-controlled media to spread propaganda against India.
China’s official newspaper Global Times has sought opinion from the Chinese people about the military action of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) against India.
According to the survey, the PLA has got full support from Chinese citizens. According to the Global Times, 90 percent of Chinese people in the survey conducted by the newspaper supported military action against India.
The Global Times and the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) recently conducted a survey on China-India relations of 1,960 participants in China, and the results showed that more than 70 percent believed that India had attacked China’s national interest and the Chinese government should take a strong action against India.
It said that if India takes more provocative actions in the future or starts a new border struggle against China, about 90 percent of the Chinese people believe that China should defend itself and attack India.
However, some Chinese respondents (26.4 percent) see India as a neighbor. However, India ranks fourth in the list of most favourable neighbors after Russia (48.8 percent), Pakistan (35.1 percent) and Japan (26.6 percent).
The survey was conducted from August 17 to 20 by the Global Times Research Center and the Institute of South Asian Studies of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) and covered 10 large Chinese cities. This was done in all regions of China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xianyang, Wuhan, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Qingdao and Kunming.
More than 56 percent of the participants said that they have a clear understanding of India and 16.3 percent of them said that they are very familiar with India, which has surprised some experts a bit. Hu Shisheng, director of the Institute of South Asian Studies at CICIR, told the Global Times that more than half of the people in his understanding of India are confident of exchanging people.
Lin Minwang, deputy director of the Center for South Asian Studies at Fudan University, told the Global Times that people’s convictions about India’s knowledge are far from reality. In fact, most of the people of our country know more about America, Japan and Europe than India and most of the Indian people also know the West better than China, because the two countries are very different culturally. Lynn said that their sides are much lower than in the West, so most people on both sides cannot see the full picture.