China @ 60: Dragon learns Hindi

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Beijing:  China's image in India is steeped in stereotypes. It is often dubbed as a fire-breathing dragon, ready to attack India. But beyond the geo-political compulsions that force Beijing to adopt an aggressive stance against New Delhi, there are several unknown aspects about Chinese interest in India.

NDTV tries to find this out in this report from Beijing.

Many Chinese students at Peking University have adopted Indian names  - like Sunil, Vijay and Priyanka - because they are learning Hindi language.

Even their teacher Wang Jing calls herself Chetna and they all feel that it is important to feel like an Indian to learn Hindi. Take for example Dr Jiang, the man who has revived Chinese interest in Hindi after first learning the language 20 years ago. Now, over 50 students learn Hindi.

"They all feel that India is an important business destination and it is better to learn conversational Hindi," said Vinod Singh, Hindi teacher at the Peking University.

Then there are others like Isha alias Jiang who first learnt Bharat Natyam and now teach the dance form to her Chinese students.

"The dance movement is so attractive, it is very interesting," said Isha in mixed English and Hindi.

China may have left India far behind in terms of economy and military power but India finds a lot of resonance among the Chinese people here in Beijing.

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