外文标题：Beijing pulls up PLA over India’s swift rescue operations
BEIJING: The Indian military’s swift evacuation of thousands of Indians from earthquake-hit Nepal has put China’s PLA on the defensive with questions raised as to why its efforts to rescue stranded Chinese nationals did not match those of India.
The media in China has questioned why air force planes were not deployed to airlift over 8,000 Chinese, many of whom are still stranded in Nepal.
In a rare comparison of India’s military with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the world’s largest, Chinese defence spokesman Geng Yansheng was on Thursday confronted with the question at a briefing as to why the military did not use planes to airlift stranded Chinese when India had done so to ferry its nationals.
There is considerable annoyance in China over the slow process of airlifting of Chinese tourists as well as workers employed in various Beijing-funded projects in Nepal as the task was given to a number of civilian airlines. There were also reports of some airline companies demanding heavy fares, but they were subsequently denied.
Besides airlifting thousands of its citizens, the Indian Air Force also transported about 170 foreign nationals from 15 countries to India. Several others were also transported through special buses from across the border to Bihar.
Defending the move to use civilian aircraft, Geng said “Whether to use military aircraft to transport people from a disaster area — this is to be decided by various factors.”
He said that after the earthquake, the Chinese government had organized a number of civilian commercial flights to evacuate Chinese citizens stranded in Nepal. He added that soon after the quake, three helicopters from Tibet flew in food and water to a number of Chinese employees working on a hydel project and some of them were even airlifted.
Naveen Kasyap Kambhatla (Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh)
The Chinese … knows only to fight with its neighboring govt.s and their people rather than helping them. They fund some projects in other countries if they have advantage only. Chinese are most mistrusted people on the earth.
Aam Indian (India)
Why to compare? its our duty to help Indians and always help others
narayanaiyer viswanathan (Bangalore)
There is no need for comparison or competition . Nepal needs real sincere help . Let us do it and not keep looking at the Chinese or the Pakistani beef masala. Let the Chinese provide them with help in due course for rebuilding houses and buildings . The Nepalese will need billions in aid. Let there also be private contributions
Mahendra Kumar Nayak (Bhubaneswar)
Like Pakistan, China is also envious of India’s humanitarian efforts in Nepal during their dire needs. India has not competition with PLA of China in the matter.
Aam Indian (India)
Why to compare china?.. Remember Indian ocean Tsunami?…how Indian acted… yemen evacuation… lebanon evacuation.. Not only Indians but foreign nationals were evacuated… Indian defense force is best
Vijayakumar Pillai (Hyderabad)
China is indirectly accepting the fact that Indian government and Indian Army has effectively and efficiently managed the rescue operations while China is not a match