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Rahul Jacob: Mr Xi's Big Lie

Does anyone really believe that the Chinese are going to invest $100 billion in India?

Rahul Jacob

A couple of years ago, a satire of People magazine’s annual “Sexiest Man Alive” issue was splashed across the website of  China’s leading newspaper, People’s Daily. Any country with a free press would have spotted the story for the hoax it was. The Onion, the irreverent United States publication, had put, of all people, Kim Jong-un, the pudgy North Korean leader on the top of its list. There was a whiff of such extreme gullibility in the briefings emanating from Chinese diplomats ahead of President Xi Jinping’s arrival in India. Except this time, ...