Caveat – Badar, in the following, my quoting from your post is not meant to be confrontational. Certain parts were important because they represented something that is real. What I am writing below is more of a ‘message in the bottle’ kind of post.
ravi_g, ambassadors writing opinion pieces in newspapers is hardly novel or comment worthy.
To my view message in the write up by the “Chinese Special Representative, State Councilor Dai Bingguo” (not the ambassador, more like the ‘shuttle diplomat’ HK telling Indians what his vision for Indo-US relations would be) was reasonably clear and reasonably successful in its scope though not in scale. The scale of the success was not much simply because the size of this country and its diversity is too great to be handled by one such piece. I am sure the Chinese are aware of this limitation of writing in ‘The Hindu’ and arranging for things such that ‘ToI’ lets it be known to a certain type of people about which way the wind blows. Had the Chinese been interested in addressing the whole of India with this message, they would have choosen more then one media and more than one media outlets in more than one language. Something I am damn sure they know how to do. This piece is addressed to Indians who read these particular papers and :
1) are either amenable to ‘Hindi-Chini Bhai-Bhai’
2) for want of a better word, the Jingos.
To the first set it is meant to hold out a carrot, they may or may not be holding a stick in their left hand. But this is actually a very small portion of the total message because people with hope (expectations) are likely to hang on, to something, anything even nothing. They don’t actually need to be addressed for the most part. At least not in this manner. Expectation is enough for most compliances.
The larger part of the message was to the Jingos. The great Dai Bing, the one who is “said to be close to the Chinese President” knows that quite a lot of people in India do get affected by the “irresponsible journalism”, that, as BK pointed, does not act “mature”. Even amongst the Jingos the Vernacular Jingo can be safely left out. After all this message is not even discussed by people reading “Dainik Jagaran” or other such vernacular papers. I wonder if it was even reported by the vernacular press. So message is more for people like Rajrang, mikehurst, ravi_g (hereinafter refered to as the BRhees) and a lot of others like us who are not on BR (hereinafter ‘bhais’). That is why it extracted a response from Ranjrang and mikehurst and thanks to Badar, now from me too. To me it sounded like my opponent telling me “I will payoff your countrymen the consideration they are looking for, the way they are looking for and then I will drown out your proposal of the desh dharma”. It is designed to extract a response of denial &/of impotent rage from the BRhees and the Bhais alike. Why I believe, it has been reasonably successful is not because it extracted any impotent rage form BRhees (Only 3 BRhees have expressed anything against it out of the 150 plus that are usually there on the site on a normal day and hardly any of the expression was impotent). It is successful because it actually got at least one (probably two) fellow BR member to talk about the likely benefits and at the same time it was not thought over (opposite of denial). I am sure the views of such members are also read and shared by at least a few of the reading members and lurkers. I am also not reflexively against these views.
It is rather obvious that the Dai Bing article is actuated by the advice of the Chinese ambassador who threw a fit when queried by and Indian Journalist of the ‘irresponsible’ kind, who in turn was in all probability advised by the ‘responsible elements’ in the media.
It was a fluff piece to reduce tension which was being stoked by some irresponsible journalism.
To me, it looked like, the Journalists in last few months have actually started playing a more engaging role especially since they saw the huge crowds drawn in by Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare and got convinced that national issues have a real market. It was in this atmosphere that the Chinese shenanigans were reported by the media.