India beyond the Great Wall of China

It's not just yoga that has captured the Chinese imagination, but Indian dance, food, fashion and even Hindi T.V. serials. Growing alongside bilateral trade and a sweetening of the long sour political ties, Indian soft power is making inroads in China.

While Hindi serials might be new to China, Hindi movies have a long history dating back to the early 1980s, when films from the Raj Kapoor era were amongst the first foreign movies to be shown in the mainland.

Clearly, China's new yen for things Indian lies chiefly in their novelty. The Chinese thus gravitate to those fragments of Indian culture that are colourful and fragrant, be these the incense sticks burnt during yoga meditation or the aromas of masala chai.

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