Agreed. The Chinese government can learn about Indian culture anytime, it is widely available knowledge. Unfortunately to learn about the Indian mind, its a whole different matter. There no classes or books for that. All that knowledge to understand the Indian mind by the Chinese communities in Singapore and Malaysia comes from experience, not courses. The governments and institutions in Singapore and Malaysia cannot officially teach China on how to truly understand the Indian mind, because that would be seen as undermining their own racial harmony. So the Chinese government would have to learn this covertly, on the street level.I think the Chinese government should invest in studying South Asian culture, like a genuine effort like they have for the U.S. and Japan. There appears to be a vast cultural gulf between China and India stemming from the differences in Confucian and Hindu thinking. Malaysian or Singaporean Chinese can offer lessons since they are knowledgeable about both. China already sends most of their officials to learn about governance in Singapore.
But I think that for now the PLA leadership, at least, have learned their lesson after several confrontations and countless hours of fruitless disengagement talks. I’ve heard a pretty reliable rumor that the PLA negotiator didn’t twist words with their Indian counterparts in the tenth disengagement talks and stated something to the effect that if any bloodshed occurs during the current disengagement, China will launch a military offense that will guarantee 3-5 years of peace. How the Indians interpret it will be up to them, really.
That being said, the ethnic Indian communities in Malaysia and Singapore, no matter how negative some of their traits, they could never match the Indians. We cannot equate the overseas Indian communities with actual Indians. Because they have learnt to live as a minority community for generations. And they have access to much better education than the average Indians in India. Take Kishore Mabubani for example, he is nothing like the Indians we typically laugh at. This is a model statesman, who was able to serve as the President of the UN Security Council in 2001-2002. He considers himself Singaporean, not Indian. There are practically no Jai Hinds or Bhakts in Malaysia and Singapore. Their kind are too alien to thrive in those societies. Finding them in these countries would be the same as trying to find FLG communities there.
Therefore, learning about the Indian mind in Malaysian and Singapore can only get us to around level 5 at most. It would give a good foundation. But Indians are actually beyond level 10. So, if the Chinese government is looking for a crash-course. I would think that the best consultants would have to come from South Asia. Learning from Pakistan would be a good start. Pakistan had much experience being on the receiving end of Indian violence and propaganda.