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Chinese daily alleges Indian media trying to create rift.

THE CHINESE media may have hailed the Indian leadership's attempt to address contentious issues through negotiations, but it came down heavily on the media here.

People's Daily , the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, said: " The Indian defence establishment as well as the Prime Minister and foreign minister have emphasised that Beijing was no longer a threat. Yet, the Indian media does not favour a positive relationship," the daily stated.

The writer of the article -- ' Indian media agencies harm themselves in playing up strife between China and India' -- hasn't been named. He has been described as a professor of the School of International Studies in Peking University.

" Over recent years, many Indian media agencies have used malicious means to attract attention and pursue political or economic interests, and the China- India relationship has become the main victim. The so- called ' dragon versus elephant' has always been a hot topic that India's domestic media agencies are fond of reporting," People's Daily said.

Admonishing the intentions of the Indian media, the commentary noted: " Stereotyped reports, such as ' China seeks hegemony in the Asia- Pacific region' and ' A war between India and China is unavoidable', have repeatedly appeared in the Indian media. If those who cannot access the truth read such reports, they will perhaps think that China and India are on the verge of a war." The state- run daily called for restraint, particularly by the mainstream media.

The Indian media had gone on an anti- China frenzy last August- September following reports of transgressions from the Chinese side along the line of actual control that divides the two countries.

Some months ago, PM Manmohan Singh was criticised by Beijing for visiting Arunachal Pradesh for an assembly poll campaign.

China remains intransigent over its claims over the border state and utilises every opportunity to drive home its viewpoint.

" The border disputes between the two countries are unlikely to be solved through war. Instead, talks and negotiations are the best solution and is in the fundamental interests of the two countriesC* people in India's political circle are clearly aware of this and believe cooperation is an irresistible trend," the daily stated.

Noted Sinologist Srikanth Kondapalli said: " These assertions reflect the narrowing down of differences between the People's Liberation Army and the political establishment."

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Date:Jan 4, 2010
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