In this forum we have discussed under its own subject the Chinese criticism of IUCN for, among other things, its inaccuracies in assessing the Danxia nomination.
China decided to face these out at the WHC and successfully "persuaded" that body to inscribe Danxia
The failure of India's Matheran Railway nomination as an extension to the Mountain Railways of India provides an interesting comparison.
This link http://www.deccanchronicle.com/national/why-did-matheran-miss-heritage-tag-406
says that "Indian Officialdom" is criticising ICOMOS on a number of grounds, including "pointing an accusing finger at the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) — it is the body under Unesco that assesses the applications — for not only suggesting rejection of the Matheran light railway application but even getting some of its facts wrong in its assessment report."
Whilst it doesn't seem a very good year to complain of UNESCO's "Eurocentrism" I have some sympathy however with the implication that ICOMOS is getting a bit too big for its boots. This phrase " ICOMOS considers that the series of Mountain Railways of India is closed."
is wonderfully imperious and deserves a bit of criticism!
Perhaps India is also feeling a bit impotent in the face of China's success - it appears that it hoped to lobby the WHC to the point of a "voice vote" but failed to get the necessary support. Compare this with China's Danxia success on the same basis. Does this say something about each country's respective "reach" and influence in international matters? For some years now China has adopted an expansive overseas policy - particularly in relation to Africa. India on the other hand has been much "quieter" - pursuing a more "private capital" based expansion and perhaps remaining too inward looking and sub-continent based in its foreign policy. Perhaps the chickens are coming home to roost as China steamrollers its way through problems using the support from its many "client states"!
I also note that India withdrew the nomination "during" the session with the implication that this could have been as late as the actual discussion on the item when it saw the way the wind was blowing.