Amongst the uproar and commotion in India over the arrest of an Indian freelance journalist along with his two associates – a Nepali and a Chinese national, Chinese state media outlet Global Times soon came to express its stand against the arrest of freelance journalist Rajeev Sharma. In an article titled “Inappropriate for New Delhi to hype Rajeev Sharma’s ties with Global Times”, published on Sunday (September 20), the Global Times termed it as a “petty trick”.
As per the investigation agencies sources, a closer look at the articles, op-eds, and positions on issues over social media by Rajeev Sharma highlights the fact that he might be playing at Chinese hands to spread the propaganda, besides sharing secret information.
“Sharma has extensively written on domestic and foreign policy issues in Indian as well as international media platforms, including – around 300 articles written for The Diplomat, around 30 articles for Russian RT, around 150 articles for DailyO, besides sporadic pieces on other platforms. As far as Global Times is concerned, available evidence suggests that he has been writing for and being quoted since as early as 2013, or maybe earlier.” said an officer.
In a couple of stories, the Global Times has also mentioned Rajeev Sharma as ‘Global Times correspondent based in New Delhi’. Hence, besides authoring opinion pieces for the Chinese platform, he has been institutionally associated with the organisation and has been a part of it. In the most recent piece written for the Global Times on 9th July titled “A rapprochement road map for Beijing and New Delhi benefits both countries”, he argued that the armed standoff between India and China “could wreck their economy and many precious things if the situation isn’t amicably eased in double-quick time”.courtesy Zee news