Originally published as Jabin T. Jacob, ‘China’s Provinces and Foreign Policy: Lessons and Implications for India and its States’ in Subir Bhaumik (ed.), Agartala Doctrine: A Proactive Northeast in India Foreign Policy (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 253-70. Extracts Even without their rising world profiles as a starting point, it has long been a …
It makes sense for two countries the size and complexity of India and China for their cities and provinces to develop their own independent economic linkages with each other.
In a country where it is a struggle to even exercise one’s rights, how much attention can ordinary citizens devote to foreign policy?
If India thinks it has a Tibet card, then it must play it more wisely, not engage in theatrics.
China is not going to make big investments in Indian infrastructure development without adequate policy support from New Delhi and state governments.
Sino-Indian relations are at a new juncture. Modi and Xi must together summon the vision and statesmanship needed to grab the opportunity thus provided.
Modi and Xi must have the ability to overcome the hierarchy-bound nature of their official establishments to institutionalize greater and more frequent bilateral contacts
As the two countries try to improve their economic ties, much of their efforts will have to be concentrated at the sub-national level
Successful people-to-people movement requires good physical and communication infrastructure and modernized identification procedures at borders or within countries