India will need to match China with a capable and expanded foreign service working in coordination with political parties, business communities, intellectual elites and its diaspora but also display adherence to values that are genuinely attractive to the peoples of other nations to push an ‘Indian model’ of politics and development that can challenge the Chinese one.
China appears to be using its provinces such as Tibet, Yunnan and Sichuan to exercise influence in a different, apparently less threatening way in Nepal.
China has begun to employ multifaceted approaches in South Asia and elsewhere, as evident in its new Silk Roads policy. New Delhi must craft its own creative responses.
The Asian century might not be so much about China and India as their neighbours who get these giants to behave themselves.
Current Indian foreign policy is informed by a realization that a combination of economic reforms and the end of the Cold War has steered India into a position of some considerable influence in the post-9/11 world. What then are the patterns of Indian foreign policy behavior in the new century?