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  • The Promise of China’s Cooperative Behaviour towards India

    November 2015

    Recasting Sino-Indian Relations: Towards a Closer Development Partnership

    Sino-Indian relations were governed by concerns about an unsound bilateral bonhomie, internal as well as external strategic and political considerations, and in addition, national interests and priorities not necessarily oriented towards pacifying the bilateral relations.

    November 2015

    Asymmetrical Threat Perceptions in India–China Relations, by Tien-sze Fang

    Tien-sze Fang’s Asymmetrical Threat Perceptions in India–China Relations makes a comparative study of the threat perceptions of the two countries vis-à-vis each other. The book endorses the view that although both the countries have security concerns from each other, the threat perception in India is far more acute than in China. This asymmetry defines the relations between the two countries.

    October 2015

    China Borders: Settlement and Conflicts—Selected Papers, by Neville Maxwell

    This book is a compilation of papers written by journalist Neville Maxwell over a career span of five decades. Those who look at China–India relations closely, notably the border dispute, will know that Neville Maxwell is not new to the India–China border discourse. Accredited to The Times, he was their South Asia correspondent in New Delhi during the tumultuous years from 1959–62, when he extensively covered the Indo-China War of 1962.

    October 2015

    The US Factor in Sino-Indian Relations: India's Fine Balancing

    The monograph seeks to determine the extent to which the US is a factor as an intervening variable in the complex relationship between the two countries. The study attempts to probe the research question as to how China perceives U.S policy towards India in particular, and whether growing Indo-US ties can affect China's security interest negatively.


    Santosh Srivastava asked: How Opium Wars shaped India-China relationship? Is there any substantial evidence that opium exports from India to China led to discord between the two mighty civilizations during the colonial era?

    Prashant Kumar Singh replies: The Opium Wars in the mid-19th century were an outcome of the conflict brought about by Britain’s relentless push for expansion of trade on the Chinese territories. China at the time had a closed door policy towards the European colonial powers. The Opium Wars finally forced China to open its door to foreign trade and on very unequal terms. Repeated defeat at the hands of the European powers came as a huge cultural shock for China that had long prided itself as the ‘Middle Kingdom’.

    Anurag Kumar asked: Does China's ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative pose any threat to India’s national security?

    Jagannath Prasad Panda replies: The primary aim of the “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative is to position China as the epicentre of regional as well as global economics and geopolitics. The OBOR has two important components: the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) and the Maritime Silk Road (MSR).

    India through the Chinese Lens

    India through the Chinese Lens

    How did the Chinese media portray Prime Minister Modi’s May 2015 visit? And what does that indicate about official China’s perceptions of India given that the coverage of India in the Chinese media is overwhelmingly State-controlled?

    August 04, 2015

    A Tale of Two Disputes: China’s Irrationality and India’s Stakes

    A Tale of Two Disputes: China’s Irrationality and India’s Stakes

    In China’s foreign policy setting, the logic of ‘sovereignty’ and ‘history’ are employed or applied selectively as is evident from its reservation on India’s oil exploration in the South China Sea and its own plans to implement the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor through Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir despite India’s reservations.

    June 29, 2015

    Anurag Kumar asked: Since China has resolved land border disputes with several of its neighbours, what could be the strategic thinking behind the delay in resolving the same with India?

    Prashant Kumar Singh replies: It is true that China has resolved its land border disputes with several of its neighbours, and has, often, settled for far much less than its initial territorial claims. However, ascribing non-resolution of the India-China border dispute to China’s supposed dilatory strategy is difficult to authoritatively argue. The two countries have conducted boundary talks in confidentiality. No confirmed details are available as to what has transpired in these talks.