Modi-Xi ‘Informal Summit’: Domestic Priorities Uppermost

US President Richard Nixon’s path-breaking visit to China in February 1972 could arguably be called the mother of all ‘resets’ of a major bilateral relationship. In his own words, it was ‘the week that… changed the world’ and there can be little disagreement on this score. The ‘informal summit’ scheduled later this week between IndianContinue reading “Modi-Xi ‘Informal Summit’: Domestic Priorities Uppermost”

Book Review: India-Southeast Asia-China Triangular Dynamics

Originally published as Jabin T. Jacob, ‘Insights on a Triangular Relationship’, The Book Review, Vol. XLI, No. 12, December 2017, 12-13. Amitav Acharya. East of India, South of China: Indian Encounters in Southeast Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2017). Karen Stoll Farrell and Sumit Ganguly (eds) Heading East: Security, Trade, and Environment between IndiaContinue reading “Book Review: India-Southeast Asia-China Triangular Dynamics”

Book Review: Xi Jinping’s China

of Jayadev Ranade’s  Xi Jinping’s China (New Delhi: Knowledge World Publishers). pp. xi+394. Rs. 1,400. ISBN: 978-93-86288-90-5 This work is a collection of pieces written by the author in various online platforms and as part of other edited volumes. The reader does not have the benefit of an introduction that ties in all the chapters togetherContinue reading “Book Review: Xi Jinping’s China”

What does India think of China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative?

Jabin T. Jacob, ‘What does India think of China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative?’, ICS Occasional Paper, No. 19, December 2017.   Abstract China’s Belt and Road Initiative is an ambitious regional and global project that it has attempted to sell as a global public good. One country where the Chinese project has met clear, consistent andContinue reading “What does India think of China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative?”

A Strongman in China: Implications for Asian Regional Politics

Xi Jinping’s China is not inclined to sharing leadership or space with anyone else.

19th CPC Congress in China: Ideology Dominant

The 19th Party Congress’ clear line against importing Western-style democracy to China is is a sign of an ever-growing sense of rivalry with the West led by the United States

19th National Congress of the CPC: Xi Jinping Firmly in Charge

Xi places great stress on the CPC in the vanguard role for China. Taken together with his calls for national ‘rejuvenation’, it would appear there is a turn towards greater authoritarianism and centralisation in China.

Explaining the India-China Standoff at Doklam: Causes and Implications

‘Explaining the India-China Standoff at Doklam: Causes and Implications’, Aakrosh, Vol. 20, No. 77, October 2017, pp. 60-76. Extract: In mid-June 2017, India and China began a long standoff in the Doklam area of Bhutan that came to an end only in late August. The crisis originated when a Chinese road-building party moved into anContinue reading “Explaining the India-China Standoff at Doklam: Causes and Implications”

China and its Neighbourhood: Perspectives from India and Vietnam

Jabin T. Jacob and Hoang The Anh (editors), China and Its Neighbourhood: Perspectives from India and Vietnam (New Delhi: Pentagon, 2017).