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Isro's record a hard-won achievement, makes Indians proud: Chinese daily

It is perhaps the first widely followed world record India has made in the field of space technology

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

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People watch as as a rocket from space agency ISRO takes off successfully to launch a record 104 satellites, including India’s earth observation satellite on-board PSLV-C37 from the spaceport of Sriharikota on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)

Grudgingly acknowledging ISRO's world record feet of successfully launching 104 satellites on a single rocket would make "Indians proud", China's official media today said India's space programme offered "food for thought" for other countries on how to achieve space success with small budgets.

"This is perhaps the first widely followed world record has made in the field of The Indians have reason to be proud," state-run Global Times said in its editorial today.

However the tabloid daily which criticised in 2013 for sending Mangalyaan to Mars overtaking despite "millions of poor and illiterate people" said the significance of the ISRO's new feat is "limited".

"However, the race is not mainly about the number of satellites at one go. It's fair to say the significance of this achievement is limited," it said.

Acknowledging that the new record is a "hard-won achievement for to reach current level with a relatively small investment," the daily said "it offers food for thought for other countries".

"launched a lunar probe in 2008 and ranked first among Asian countries by having an unmanned rocket orbit Mars in 2013," it said.

"Many lessons can be drawn from As a rising power, it has done a good job. It is ambitious but pragmatic, preferring to compare with others as an incentive to progress. India's political and social philosophy is worth pondering," it said.

"Nonetheless, the development of a country's is determined by the size of its input. According to data released by the World Economic Forum in 2016, the US' space budget in 2013 was USD 39.3 billion, USD 6.1 billion, Russia USD 5.3 billion, Japan USD 3.6 billion and USD 1.2 billion," it said.

"As India's GDP is about one-fifth to one-fourth that of China's, the share of investment in in India's GDP is similar to that of China's," it argued.

The daily which has been carrying critical articles against on almost on daily basis also sought to make out a case that is spending more on defence than in terms of GDP ratio.

China's last year's budget amounted to USD 146 billion against India's USD 46 billion.

"India's defence budget is about one-third of China's, a higher percentage of GDP than that of China," it said.

"India's development tends to project image. It's reported that also plans to reach Venus, another programme that is suitable for media hype but lacks follow-up research," Global Times reported.

"On the whole, India's still lags behind the US' and China's. It has not yet formed a complete system. For instance, the engine of its rockets is not powerful enough to support large-scale space exploration. There is no Indian astronaut in space and the country's plan to establish a space station has not started," it said.

"India's Achilles' Heel is its relatively small economic scale and a weak foundation for development. As a hierarchical society, it has both world-class elite and a largest number of poor people," it said.

First Published: Thu, February 16 2017. 13:37 IST