New Delhi trails Beijing by 13 years: China

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Stating that India’s present Gross Domestic Product is roughly that of China in 2004, Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui has said Beijing leads New Delhi by 13 years, chiefly because China started “reform and opening-up 13 years earlier”.

Addressing a session at the United Service Institution of India in New Delhi, Luo said that lack of a favorable growth and environment combined with slow implementation of policies have hampered India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the last decade, a private news agency reported on Monday.

“Now the GDP of India is roughly that of China in 2004, some 13 years ago. China leads India by 13 years mainly because we started reform and opening-up 13 years earlier,” he said.

Luo said the current trend of anti-globalisation and anti-free trade is not in line with India’s open-up efforts, which is a significant drawback for the democracy. Furthermore, fluctuation in political policies has also instigated a lag in development, the Economic Times reported.

Lauding the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, Luo suggested the One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR) and regional connectivity could provide China and India with fresh opportunities and highlights for the bilateral cooperation.

“The OBOR is a major public product China has offered to the world. It is a strategic initiative aimed at promoting globalisation and economic integration,” he added, stressing on China’s keen interest in exploring the feasibility of aligning the OBOR with India’s “Act East Policy”.

Highlighting China’s strategies related to globalisation and free trade, Luo said in order to facilitate economic restructuring, programs such as “Made in China 2025” and “Internet Plus” are being implemented.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put forward such initiatives as “Make in India”, “Digital India”, and “Smart Cities”. We need to synergise our development strategies and pursue common development,” he said.

The Indian economy will grow 8 per cent in the next financial year (FY) as the full-year impact of the landmark GST tax will be seen by that time, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said recently in a report.