What the Chen Guangcheng case says about Sino-US relations.
Interview published by the World Politics Review’s Global Insider on 20 April 2012.
In the mid-1980s, the core of the boundary dispute for China shifted eastward to Arunachal Pradesh. At least three possible reasons can be highlighted for this new Chinese emphasis. .
Can the BRICS really be an effective, united and leading voice in the global economy? Is the BRICS grouping a challenge to the existing Western-dominated global order? The Fourth BRICS Summit that concluded in Delhi in late February has not quite answered these larger questions.
There is debate within China on whether the country is truly ready to take up a more active political role internationally and whether in the rush to get involved, it might not end up damaging its long-term interests.
What institutions does BCIM need at the Track-1 level for achieving greater integration and coordination of mutually beneficial activities across borders? Is transnational governance is the ultimate goal? Will sub-national governments in the 4 countries be actively involved?
Despite the end of the Cold War and the rapid expansion of regionalism the world over, regional connectivity in the sub-region involving Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) has little to show by way of progress.
The 15th round of talks between the Chinese and Indian Special Representatives on the boundary dispute suggests a desire to minimize the role of the dispute in bilateral ties and to move discussions to include regional and global issues.
The Sino-Indian relationship is today, bigger than the boundary dispute and the resolution of the dispute does not by itself guarantee smooth sailing for the future. Far from it.