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India & China have one of the most important relationships in the world. On @NSCwithHJ, i talk about the rsp at length This thread expands on some of the themes highlighted in the conversation. And i flag a few more 1/n
What's the deal with China not allowing the UN Security Council to sanction Masood Azhar? Simple - China's views Pakistan as a strategic asset and India as a strategic challenger - a terrorist for India is not a terrorist for China. indiandchina.com/2015/01/07/cou… 2/n
Briefly on China's reactions to India's response to the Pulwama attack in the form of the strike against Balakot in Pakistan - indiandchina.com/2019/03/15/chi… 3/n
On India-China relations in the wake of Doklam, i have a number of pieces. Here, I argue why the Wuhan summit was driven by domestic political compulsions on both sides - indianexpress.com/article/opinio… 4/n
Here, I point out that the so-called 'reset' in the India-China bilateral relationship that the Wuhan summit is supposed to have brought about is just so much rubbish - business-standard.com/article/econom… 5/n
What is China's approach in South Asia? I haven't had time to write this up properly but here's a brief outline - indiandchina.com/2013/11/08/chi… 6/n
Here's a short piece, however, that showcases some of the key features of China's foreign policy towards South Asia - indiandchina.com/2014/08/30/chi… 7/n
For the smaller countries of South Asia does playing the China card come without costs? Of course, not. But India has to do a better job of being a good neighbour. moneycontrol.com/news/politics/… 8/n
Meanwhile, with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the 'iron friendship' just got a little complicated - moneycontrol.com/news/politics/… 9/n
What India needs is a 'reset' with Pakistan –the unpopularity of the view only shows Indians think less with their heads than they ought to. My reason is simple - China. business-standard.com/article/econom… 10/n
While the Chinese certainly add to the complications of the India-Pakistan relationship as do India’s lack of capacities in multiple areas, maybe hyphenation with Pakistan is not such a bad thing - indiandchina.com/2017/02/28/ret… 11/n
Instead, India appears to be going the opposite direction with punitive economic measures against Pakistan following the Pulwama attack. One would think the objective is to reduce Chinese influence in South Asia, not increase it - indiandchina.com/2019/02/25/ind… 12/n
Meanwhile, as a little aside - what do Indians think about China? Here's a chapter from a book from some years ago edited by @amitabhmattoo and @HappymonJacob himself - indiandchina.com/2014/05/11/how… 13/n
And let's look a little more at Indian foreign policy itself and the reasons for its structural weaknesses. An old piece but I think it still holds up – indiandchina.com/2011/09/16/ris… 14/n
What does the future look like for India-China relations? I am not very hopeful for the immediate term - indiandchina.com/2019/01/01/201… 15/n
Next big question - what exactly is China up to in its policies towards the outside world? Here's a teaser
indiandchina.com/2018/12/31/the… 16/n
This is the longer piece -the Belt and Road Initiative is China's primary vehicle to promote and implement its interests abroad. In 2014 I made a presentation @ics_delhi where I used the expression 'new Tianxia' for this Chinese approach. In detail - indiandchina.com/2015/05/04/chi… 17/n
Meanwhile, here’s a snapshot of the challenges India faces in its extended neighbourhood with China’s 'new Tianxia' - in Central Asia - indiandchina.com/2017/03/13/chi… 18/n
Should India participate in the BRI? Only selectively -objecting where necessary and careful about predatory Ch economic practices. But New Delhi shd also acknowledge its own lack of capacity and need for help in get the economy back into high gear - indiandchina.com/2017/05/20/ind… 19/n
Meanwhile, China's quest for global superpower status is strewn with difficulties, with myriad problems at home. I focus in this short piece on the state of the Chinese economy - indiandchina.com/2019/01/25/chi… 20/n
I conclude this thread by returning to the challenges posed by the nature of the Chinese political system to the international order and with some lessons, perhaps, for polities elsewhere. foreignpolicy.org.in/home/index.php… 21/n
One more article to this list - on the question of the abysmal state of China Studies in India. The govt is a principal culprit - it denies or delays funds, for example - but academia is at fault, too. This essay from 2012 - indiandchina.com/2012/10/03/chi… 22/n
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