India should be concerned, given the role China is also playing in other countries which surround it.
Search Toggle display of website navigation ChinaFile: China and India competed to send aid after Nepal's devastating earthquake. Experts discuss whether the strategy was a boon for China's image there.
May 1,1: China on April 26 dispatched a member search and rescue team to Nepal, the state news agency reported, after a massive 7. Surrounded on three sides by India, Nepal these days feels an outsized influence from China: China, all too familiar with the horrors of major earthquakes itself, has responded with search-and-rescue teams, medical supplies, and other aid.
The responses of both China and India to the relief work have been laudable and timely—within six hours of the earthquake Beijing had dispatched an emergency task force to Kathmandu and the border regions. China has been one of the major donors of aid to Nepal for decades.
But Nepalis have a much more positive perception of China than India.
Particularly among the elite, China has a positive image not because of aid but because it has replaced India as the source of sought-after goods. While a few decades ago the view from the Nepali side of its border with Tibet was that the Tibetan side was poor and underdeveloped, today it is just the opposite.
There is hardly any people-to-people contact between Nepalese and Chinese. The earthquake in Nepal did not arouse a wave of public sympathy in China, unlike the mass support and concern conveyed in India, where there have been public vigils in multiple Indian cities. India has an open border with Nepal.
Millions of Nepalis work in India and some groups along the Himalayas feel their home to be both in India and Nepal. There is hardly any Nepali family that does not have members living or studying in India.
There is also the shared familiarity of Hindu culture. Compared to this, China remains a distant and alien culture and society for most Nepalis. The Nepali government was caught unprepared to deal with the tragedy that arose as a result of the earthquake.
By and large, the Nepalis recognize that they should welcome most Chinese, Indian, as well as international aid.
At the same time, some million middle class Chinese began to travel — Chinese now comprise one of the largest groups coming to Nepal. Some adventurers are curious about what lies on the other side of the Himalayas; others search for the birthplace of Buddha.
Meanwhile, Nepalese often view Indians, with whom they have close historical, cultural, religious, and linguistic ties, as big brothers.
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