09/23/2014, 00.00
INDIA

Modi-Xi deals to provide a "lesson in democracy"

The director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights views positively the new Beijing-Delhi relationship. Xi Jinping pledged investments worth US$ 20 billion over five years.

New Delhi (AsiaNews) - Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights, told AsiaNews that the new chapter in Sino-Indian relations established by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping is a "positive step that can boost pluralism in India and provide China a lesson in democracy."

After Modi got Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to pledge loans and investments worth US$ 33 billion, he has now managed to get Xi to offer US$ 20 billion in investment over the next five years.

In addition to marking the end of a US-centred unipolar world, the pledges by the two Far East leaders will help Modi meet the goal of a trillion dollars in investments by 2017 needed to boost the country's growth.

"India needs to develop its infrastructure and create new factories for the global market," Raghuvanshi told AsiaNews. "This opening up will also be good to us," said the human rights activist.

"If the Indian economy gets the support of other foreign countries, this creates a completely different dynamic within the country and promotes our democracy's pluralism, avoiding the danger that certain forces, especially the most radical ones, might prevail over others."

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