In Pallavi Aiyar’s report from Beijing headlined “China: our ties should have global impact” and published in The Hindu of September 1, China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi is quoted as remarking that both countries should “not close their eyes to the reality” that some quarters within their respective governments had “their eyes trained to the West at the European continent and East to the United States.” However, “I believe opportunities are right here in front of us in Asia, China and India.”

N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu, who was present at the Beijing meeting, points out that the Chinese Foreign Minister did not make any reference to “some quarters within their respective governments.” He provides the following correction: What Mr. Yang said was: “We must not close our eyes to the reality that some of our colleagues have kept their eyes over the Himalayas directly to the European continent and East to the United States. I’m afraid that there may perhaps be some people in India who are only used to looking West to countries like the U.K., Germany, France, or the U.S. as to what kind of cooperation can be conducted with them. But I believe opportunities are here in front of us in Asia, China, and India.”