Some claim that the FDI figures that China releases is highly puffed up and that India on the other hand under reports its FDI as it does not take into account the reinvestment of capital and overseas corporate borrowings as is the normal practice. Therefore the FDI gap is much closer than one feels. Then again there are those who compare India's FDI inflows very unfavourably with the Chinese FDI based on actual numbers.
The state of infrastructure in both the countries obviously has to crop up. And people always always start with the airports. The squalor of Mumbai pitted against the spanking new Pudong airport at Shanghai. While China is indeed far ahead in terms of physical infrastructure, of late MNCs have begun to talk in glowing terms of India's "soft" infrastructure i.e. a free press, an independent judiciary and our democratic institutions - such as they are!!!
So as I said in the beginning it has been a slightly confusing time for me. Which do MNCs prefer? India or China?
Well look at the reaction of dear old Google – the world leader in search and a very important player in the Internet arena – to the "requests" of Chinese authorities to censor their search results. It has voluntarily decided to censor search results on topics such as " Independence for Taiwan" and the "Tiananmen Square massacre" among other things.
And as justification for this despicable conduct Google has come out with a totally self serving crap which read as, "While removing search results is inconsistent with Google's mission, providing no information... is more inconsistent with our mission." Ooo la la.
Now look at the reaction of Google to concerns of the Indian Government over Google Maps, "Google takes governmental concerns about Google Earth and Google Maps very seriously. Google welcomes dialogue with governments, and we will be happy to talk to Indian authorities about any concerns they may have."
This difference in reaction says it all does it not?