Recently, China moved a 4,000-ton frigate, fully armed with air-defense missiles, to the Libyan coast. This was the first time in history that a Chinese warship has been deployed in a mission as far away as the Mediterranean Sea, and perhaps the first time the Chinese have intervened in another country to launch a major humanitarian rescue mission.
By all accounts, it was an impressive effort. China successfully helped thousands of its citizens evacuate war-torn Libya.
Countries that see themselves as China's competitors were a little miffed.
India also had thousands of workers stranded in Libya, and the Indian government came under intense criticism for being unable to swoop in and rescue them as effectively as China did.
How did the Indian government respond to such criticism?
Take a look at the Twitter feed of Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.
Scroll down a few pages and you'll see these tweets on March 1 and 2:
"We are not in competition with China here. We're focused on the task of bringing back our people safe and sound. Pl let's not devalue this."
"India has chartered ships and aircraft. Please believe me when I say this. I will not comment on the Chinese statistics..."
Sounds a bit defensive, no?