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Modi: ‘Modi the Immortal’: Chinese netizens think Indian PM is different, wonderful, says report india news

New Delhi: Chinese netizens Prime Minister Narendra has been given an “unusual” nickname Modi – “Modi Laoxian” – even though India and China are embroiled in a border dispute for the last three years. “Modi Laoxian” means Modi is immortal. in Chinese, Laoxian Refers to “an elderly immortal with some strange abilities”.
According to a recent report by a US-based international online news magazine, Chinese netizens think PM Modi is different – “even surprising” – compared to other world leaders. The difference like Laoxian is not just in his dressing style and physical appearance, but also in some of his policies compared to his predecessors, as Chinese netizens think.
According to the article published in The Diplomat, it is not just his appearance or policies, but the curiosity, awe, and “perhaps a dash of cynicism” that he arouses among the Chinese people, which is reflected in the term “Laoxian”. It happens.
The author of the article further said that it is rare for Chinese netizens to give a nickname to a foreign leader and PM Modi is above all others. “Clearly he has swayed Chinese public opinion.”
According to the article, amid the ongoing Ukraine-Russia war that has pitted the United States and the West against Russia, most Chinese feel that PM Modi’s India can strike a balance between the world’s major nations. The article said, “Whether it is Russia, the US or countries of the Global South, India can enjoy friendly relations with all of them, which is highly appreciated by some Chinese citizens.”
The article concludes that on the whole the Chinese have no ill will towards India except for the border dispute.
Chinese and Indian armies have been engaged in a standoff since 2020 following aggressive military actions by the former in eastern Ladakh, violating agreements to resolve the border dispute.
To resolve the deadlock, 17 rounds of high-level military commanders’ talks have taken place between the two countries.
Not only on the Chinese Internet, Prime Minister Modi is famous in China. He even interacted with the Chinese public through his account on the microblogging site Sina Weibo, which he opened in 2015 and has over 24.4 million followers.
However, he left Weibo in July 2020 after the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps following a border skirmish. Chinese equivalent TwitterSina Weibo currently has over 582 million active users.
Also, soon after taking charge at the Center for the first time in 2014, PM Modi hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping in Ahmedabad, followed by former Premier Li Keqiang.
The Diplomat article states that Chinese views of India are very complex – but generally based on a sense of superiority and self-confidence.
The article also mentioned Chinese netizens’ views on having better relations with India than Pakistan as they believe China’s attempt to use its “all-weather ally” Pakistan as “unrealistic”. Efforts “The gulf between the two South Asian neighbors is widening” Pakistan has been embroiled in both political and economic recession lately.
“Facts over the past nine years have proved that there is more room for cooperation between China and India. For example, China’s trade with India is USD115 billion per year – much more than China’s trade with Pakistan which is approximately US$30 billion”, reads the article.
The article also mentions about the Chinese apprehension of Western countries, especially the US, and India’s growing popularity with New Delhi and Beijing, as far as the Ukraine crisis is concerned.
The article further mentions a common debate among Chinese netizens. “Why is India the favorite of the West, while China has become the target of the West. How did India manage this?”
Well, the answer was that most Chinese people, with a “sense of superiority and self-confidence”, felt that India was not developed enough to pose a threat to the West like China.
(with inputs from agencies)


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