The Asian century might not be so much about China and India as their neighbours who get these giants to behave themselves.
Given Indian sensitivities over Kashmir, China’s Kashmir policy forms a useful leverage with India. But there is a fine balance that China needs to achieve which will be increasingly difficult as India grows more powerful on the world stage and if Pakistan continues to remain unstable.
If the US’ changing the rules of the nuclear world order for facilitating a civilian nuclear deal with India was a case of global hegemony in action, then China’s success in getting the Americans to acquiesce to a Sino-Pak civilian nuclear deal is the equivalent of a successful insurgent action.
A democratic transition in the Arab world is essential for India not only has civilizational linkages to West Asia and the Maghreb but also dense economic connections. And if India has seen its immediate neighbourhood descend into chaos of one form or the other due to failed transitions to democracy, it cannot now afford the chain of instability to grow still further.
Il n’y aura jamais de ‹‹ siècle asiatique ›› si deux de plus grandes nations du continent restent mé fiantes et incapables de travailler ensemble pour le plus grand bien collectif du monde
The Sino-US relationship is without doubt the most important bilateral relationship in the world. It is also one of the most complex and difficult ones.
How do China’s national security imperatives influence its international relations? And how do the various actors and dynamics in the Chinese decision-making process affect China’s international relations?