Bei­jing asks for ‘ob­jec­tiv­ity’

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Htbusiness - Rezaul H Laskar let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: Against the back­drop of New Delhi’s re­ported plans to re­view the set­ting up of Con­fu­cius In­sti­tutes in the coun­try, China on Tues­day said In­dia should han­dle col­lab­o­ra­tion in ed­u­ca­tion in an ob­jec­tive and fair man­ner and “avoid politi­cis­ing nor­mal co­op­er­a­tion”.

As re­ported by HT on Sun­day, In­dia’s ed­u­ca­tion min­istry plans to re­view the set­ting up of Con­fu­cius In­sti­tutes and Con­fu­cius Class­rooms in seven col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties af­ter se­cu­rity agen­cies alerted the gov­ern­ment about grow­ing Chi­nese in­flu­ence in higher ed­u­ca­tion.

The min­istry also plans to re­view 54 mem­o­randa of un­der­stand­ing (MoUs) signed be­tween Chi­nese in­sti­tu­tions and pres­ti­gious In­dian in­sti­tu­tions such as the In­dian In­sti­tutes of Tech­nol­ogy, Ba­naras Hindu Univer­sity, and Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity. Re­act­ing to these de­vel­op­ments, Chi­nese em­bassy spokesper­son Ji Rong said, “We hope In­dian rel­e­vant par­ties can treat Con­fu­cius In­sti­tutes and Chi­naIn­dia higher ed­u­ca­tion co­op­er­a­tion in an ob­jec­tive and fair man­ner, avoid politi­cis­ing nor­mal co­op­er­a­tion, and main­tain healthy and sta­ble de­vel­op­ment of China-In­dia peo­ple-to-peo­ple and cul­tural ex­changes.”

The Chi­nese side has re­sponded in an in­creas­ingly as­sertive man­ner to In­dia’s ac­tions amid the months-long bor­der stand­off be­tween the two sides, which cur­rently shows lit­tle signs of abat­ing.

Af­ter In­dia im­posed a fresh ban on 47 clones of pro­hib­ited Chi­nese apps last month, China had said it will take “nec­es­sary mea­sures” to safe­guard the le­git­i­mate rights and in­ter­ests of Chi­nese com­pa­nies.

The Chi­nese em­bassy spokesper­son said the two sides have co­op­er­ated on the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute Project for more than 10 years, Ji added.

All the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tutes in In­dia were es­tab­lished by uni­ver­si­ties from the two coun­tries “af­ter sign­ing legally bind­ing co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment in ac­cor­dance with the prin­ci­ples of mu­tual re­spect, friendly con­sul­ta­tion, equal­ity, and mu­tual ben­e­fit, and on the premise that the In­dian side ap­plied vol­un­tar­ily and met the con­di­tions for run­ning the In­sti­tute,” Ji said.

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