Sino-Indian relations remain stable broadly speaking despite all the tensions and what is more after every such occasion, the relationship climbs up a notch, moving to a new level of stability. This has been particularly evident since 2005.
Interview originally published by the World Politics Review’s Global Insider on 23 November 2011.
Soft-power diplomacy involving Buddhism is smart politics by India and could form part of a larger ideational turn in its outreach to the world. If this is coalition-building, it is not targeted against China or the Chinese people but against authoritarianism everywhere.
In the case of Russia-India-China trilateral, the domestic political orientation of each country contributes fundamentally to its perceptions and views of the objectives and functions of regional organizations.
While studying the military aspects of China’s National Defense White Papers, Indian policymakers and military planners must pay attention to the political elements of this document in order to achieve a fuller more accurate understanding of China’s intentions.
The Asian century might not be so much about China and India as their neighbours who get these giants to behave themselves.
With the boundary dispute ongoing, India needs to adopt a dual policy of continuing to close the military gap with China while creating incentives for cooperation.
Domestic instability in Pakistan, the continuing spread of religious radicalism from Pakistan into China, and threats to Chinese economic interests are conditions that would amplify the need for Beijing to take a sterner line with its “all-weather friend”. This could well be a serious dilemma confronting the Chinese leadership at some point in the near future.
If “much of the history of the 21st century will be written in Asia”, then New Delhi will need to find the energy and resources to focus not just on its troubled western frontiers but also on its sprawling and diverse eastern neighbourhood.