Anti-China Sentiment Surges in India

This month marks the 70th year after the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic ties with India. Anti-China sentiment, however, has surged in India since the outbreak of COVID-19. Many Indians place blame on China for the spread of the virus—and ultimately, for allowing it to become a global pandemic.

Many countries are dependent on equipment supplied by China to contain the pandemic, including testing kits, face masks, and other personal protective gear. India’s reliance on Chinese equipment is perhaps why the country has not openly criticized Beijing. China’s coronavirus outreach, however, has not entirely swayed the Indian people, who reportedly refer to COVID-19 as the “Wuhan virus” and “China virus.”

China’s relationship with India is complicated, and India does not have a particular incentive to praise Beijing’s response to the pandemic. India’s perception of China may therefore indicate how other countries are viewing China and its efforts to contain the global pandemic.

Read the full report here: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/04/india-china-pandemic-coronavirus-distrust/610273/

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