India Needs to Restore Confidence After Dokalam Issue: China

India needs to adjust its mindset and restore confidence after the Doklam standoff, a Chinese expert told Global Times after India recently criticized China for the delay of its high-speed train project.

An analysis of India’s Mobility Directorate on the situation of high-speed rail projects which covers a total area of around 492 km connecting the Chennai-Bangalore-Mysore passage, says the projects were delayed because China failed to answer to the ministry’s communiqués,” according to Press Trust of India.

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The report quoted a senior railway official as saying that the Doklam issue played a major role in China’s failure to respond. China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group, the organization which the Press Trust of India claimed had solicited meetings with Indian officials in 2016, said that they have no information about the alleged delay.

“India has been envisaging China as its biggest competitor for a long time. So when the railway project was delayed, it was natural for the Indian officials to blame China,” Zhang said.  However, India’s accusations are totally baseless, he added

India requires China’s railway technology but it does not want China to take part in the construction of its railway, which is strange, he added. Recently, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe took part in a grand roadshow in Gujarat and is gearing up for an inaugural ceremony for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project, the first of its kind in India.

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The Indian newspaper, Indian Express commented that partnership between India and Japan could be “the foundation of a larger coalition, to resist China’s ‘string of pearls’ in the Asia-Pacific region.” “India should adjust its mindset after the Doklam issue and endeavor to cooperate with China, especially as India’s economic growth slows down,” said Zhang. Data shows India’s GDP growth depreciated to its lowest level in more than two years in the first quarter of the year, displacing the nation of its status as the world’s fastest-growing major economy.