Indian newspapers, in their coverage on China nowadays, have moved away from border issue to the broader topic of the rise of China. Indian media nowadays focus on emerging issues such as river water sharing and climate change, reported India’s Business Standard newspaper on February 5 quoting a report published by the Indian think tank The Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
The report titled “Indian Media’s Perception of China: Analysis of Editorials”, examines the data collected from select national newspapers, covering a period of three years from 2012 to 2014. The report said that Indian media devote more and more attention to China’s status as a rising power or to emerging issues like river water sharing, environment protection and climate change or trade between the two countries and have moved away from a single-minded concern with the border issue. While the border remains a sensitive issue, the newspapers are of the view that there are multiple areas in which India can move forward in its relations with China, said the report. The national newspapers chosen from India include The Times of India, The Hindu and The Indian Express. ▲