For inter-cultural romance, Chinese and Caucasian dating partners ranked high on the list.
For instance, 91.2 per cent of Malays in the 26 to 35 age group were comfortable about their offspring dating Chinese, compared with 85.7 per cent for dating Caucasians and 81.3 per cent for dating Indians.
Additionally, the recent years have seen India and United States cosy up to each other.
During the recent visit of the US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to India, the two nations decided "in principle" to sign a logistics support agreement, which will allow the United States and Indian militaries to share facilities for refuelling, supplies and spares.
Among Indians in the same age category, 89.3 per cent of them were comfortable about their offspring dating Chinese, compared with 87.5 per cent for Caucasians and 75.4 per cent for Malays.
For the Chinese in the 26 to 35 age group, 64.6 per cent were comfortable about their offspring dating Malays, compared with 56.5 per cent for Indians and 74.5 per cent for Caucasians.
The ties between China and India, the world's two most populous countries, have a long and chequered history dating back thousands of years.
The two neighbours fought a short border war in 1962 and since then, although much water has flowed down the Yangtze, a sense of mistrust has consistently dogged their bilateral ties.
Finally, in the economic arena too, New Delhi reels under a huge trade surplus in favour of China.This data on ethnic identity and inter-ethnic interactions is among a slew of findings that indicate that Singapore "is still not the multicultural nirvana that some would expect", said IPS senior research fellow Dr Mathew Mathews.SINGAPORE – When it comes to dating outside their own ethnic groups, Malay and Indian Singaporeans prefer their children and grandchildren to go out with Chinese and Caucasians, according to results of a study on ethnicity released on Wednesday (Nov 8).Overall, the researchers said 95 per cent of respondents were comfortable with their offspring and grandchildren dating a Chinese person and 75 per cent were comfortable with Caucasians.Only 65 per cent of respondents were comfortable with their children or grandchildren dating Malays, while On this, IPS senior research fellow Mathew Mathews said at a media briefing on Wednesday: “Some would say this is prejudice or it could just be the sense that because culture continues to be seen as an important aspect of people’s future and how their children are brought up, and the avoidance of all sorts of clashes and issues (in future).” The findings indicate that Singapore “is still not the multicultural nirvana that some would expect”, said Dr Mathews.Sparks flew when in the days leading up to India's second round of nuclear tests in May 1998, the then Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes, termed Beijingas India's "potential enemy No 1".