NEW DELHI: A day after China’s largest train make began operations in India, Beijing seems to be at pains to assure New Delhi that it isn’t exporting polluting industries to India, an article in a state-run Chinese media outlet suggests.

In the befuddling article, the state-run Global Times first points to the possibility that the train maker may in fact be a polluter and then concludes that it is in fact not one.China’s leading train maker, China Railway Rolling Stock (CRRC) Corporation Ltd, announced over the weekend that it had started operations at its first joint venture plant in Haryana, India. The $63.4 million joint venture plant is focussed on the repair and manufacture of railway locomotive engines.

The state-run CRRC also said yesterday it’s the first foreign company to set up an assembly line of rail transportation equipment in India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi first unveiled his ambitious ‘Make in India’ campaign in 2014.

The article in Global Times talked of some of China’s netizens suggesting that India may give Chinese industries the cold shoulder as it may consider them to be polluting. “Not many netizens are rational economists, but chatter on the Internet does sometimes display a viewpoint that may circulate within Chinese society and influence investors,” the article said.

Then the article said that some Indians also likely see Chinese production in India as polluting and as a move to send its outdated capacity abroad at a time when China’s manufacturing sectors are battling overcapacity.

“There have been some obstacles restricting Chinese enterprises’ access into India, where some people worry that boosting India-China production capacity ties may also bring heavy polluting production into the country,” according to the article.

These concerns, though, are unfounded, the state-run Chinese news outlet said. “The venture plant in India will transform CRRC from a company that exports equipment to one that exports advanced production technology that includes more clean and green methods. Further, this move will boost India’s rail system and drive tax revenue for the local economy,” Global Times wrote.

The article further said that a considerable part of China’s excess production capacity “could be conductive in boosting the local economy” if they can be transported to India. “A large number of Chinese manufacturers have acquired far more advanced technology than some local Indian firms despite those Chinese enterprises suffered problems of overcapacity domestically,” it said.
Therefore, “India may want to consider offering more opportunities for Chinese manufacturers”, Global Times concluded.

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