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CBM: Chinese media handlers in capital city

A Chinese group of media handlers from their ministry of national defence, led by senior colonel, Geng Yansheng, director general of their information department, is in Delhi for the past two days. They are here to interact with the ministry of defence’s own directorate of public relations – the civilian body – and the additional director general (public interface) of the Indian Army, that functions under the directorate general of military intelligence (DGMI).
While officials of the country’s two defence information management agencies are tight-lipped about the trip, this is obviously a confidence building measure decided upon in the aftermath of the Depsang intrusion by the PLA, last year.
At that time articles had appeared in Xinhua, China Daily, Global Times on how the Indian media was showing ‘belligerence,’ while on the Indian side there had been an impression that Chinese were being ‘jingoistic’ on the social media and even the officially controlled media was being ‘irresponsibly offensive.’
The talk during the stand-off in the military media relations circles those days had swirled around the incident about the possibility that if the news were not leaked to the media, this side the incident would not have blown up, leading up to a crisis.
Sitanshu Kar, additional director general of media and communications, who hosted the team refused to give the details but did not disagree with the proposition that the trip by the Chinese media relations team had come to ‘understand’ the workings of the Indian media management operators in situations of crisis like Depsang.

Pinaki Bhattacharya

Pinaki Bhattacharya

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