‘China lulled India into complacency by Jhoola diplomacy’

Ranchi: Congress leader P. Chidambaram addresses a press conference at Congress Bhawan in Ranchi, on Dec 6, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) Amid allegation of PM-CARES fund receiving money from the Chinese companies, former Union Minister P. Chidambaram on Sunday mounted fresh attack on the Prime Minister on his ‘Jhoola Diplomacy’, a jibe on Indian and Chinese leaders sitting on a swing during one of the visits of Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, to India.

Chidambaram in a pointed tweet said, “China lulled India into complacency by Jhoola diplomacy and Chinese money.”

The attack was launched by the Congress leader after the party alleged that PM-CARES fund got money from Chinese firms.

“PM-CARES fund was set up on 28-03-2020. Chinese-owned companies donated money from that date. Chinese troops began incursions into Ladakh in March-April 2020. Does it require great intelligence to discern China’s motives?” asked Chidambaram.

“Was it not an abject failure on the part of the Modi government?” asked Chidambaram

Chidambaram also endorsed the question raised by the party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi. He said, Singhvi has asked 7 pointed questions about Chinese-origin donations to the mysterious and opaque PM-CARES fund. They deserve immediate answers from PM and the PMO.

He alleged, PM-CARES fund was set up after Chinese intrusions into Depsang (2013), Chumar (2014) and Doklam (2017). Why did the PM accept funds from Chinese-owned funds, one of which has a deep connection with the Chinese Army, the PLA?

“In 2005, India-China relations were good and efforts were being made to improve them. If a donation in 2005 was wrong, how much more wrong was accepting donations after 2013-17? “asked Chidambaram.

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