China’s Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times slammed India’s government and media for ‘presumptuously’ negating recently arrested Indian journalist Rajeev Sharma’s engagement with the media outlet.
Freelance Indian journalist Rajeev Sharma was arrested on Friday after he was allegedly found possessing incriminating materials associated with Indian national security which he was about to pass to Chinese intel in exchange for huge money, We The World earlier reported.
The incident garnered huge media attention in India, thanks to the already bitter relationship with China since the May Galwan Valley face-off, and the fact Sharma once wrote op-eds for the Global Times was highlighted by every major media in India.
While many media did not explicitly refer to Sharma’s engagement with Global Times as questionable, many journalists did tip-off a similar tone in their narrative, which from a birds-eye view makes sense.
Looks like Global Times invariably picked up the disputed angle of the story – something which is self-explanatory.
Writing on the Global Times, editor Hu Xijin said, ‘it’s very inappropriate for the Indian side to publicly link Global Times to this case and to create a sensation to attract attention.’
“I do not know whether the Indian side is making up an unjust case because of the tensions between China and India,” he said, adding: “Global Times has a large number of freelance writers all over the world. Indian intellectuals are generally able to write in English,” Xinjin wrote in the editorial.
He said, since the launch of Global Times English edition a decade ago, Indian editors have worked for Global Times as copy-editors and freelance writer, which is common.
But “I think it’s very inappropriate for the Indian side to publicly link Global Times to this case and to create a sensation to attract attention,” he said.
Writing further the Global Times editor accused the Indian counterpart of failing to give due respect to a Chinese media which is particularly ‘improper’ for the Indian government.
“Global Times has published many reports and opinion articles on China-India border tensions. I know some Indians have been unhappy with us. They can criticize us openly or argue with us, but it’s meaningless to play such a petty trick,” Xinjin wrote.
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