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India and China: 1904-2004: A Century of Peace and Conflict

B.R. Deepak (Author)
Synopsis India and China 1904-2004: A Century of Peace and Conflict traces the genesis of the present conflict between India and China from the expansionist policies of the British and the Manchus in the Himalayan regions. The respective expansionist policies resulted in the making of a common border between India and China; the spin off of which is the present geopolitical conflict. Relying on vast Chinese, Indian, as well as western sources, the study provides a detailed exigencies of the nature of conflict between India and China covering over a century of political contours in British India, the Manchu China, the Republican China and finally the Republic of India and peoples Republic of China (PRC). This include the British as well as Manchu aggression in Tibet and the ensuing diplomatic maneuverability between the various parties involved, which resulted in the conclusion of various conventions and boundaries including the contentious McMahon Line in the Eastern sector of the present Sino-Indian border. The parleys between the British with China on the Inner and outer Tibet boundary and the circumstances that led to the failure of an agreement between the Republic of China and the British on Tibet; the entry of the peoples liberation army into Tibet and the signing of 17 point agreement between China and Tibet: an agreement between Republic of India and the PRC on Tibet in 1954; and the flight of the Dalai Lama to India in the wake of an abortive Tibetan rebellion in 1959 are all pointers to the complexity of Tibet question and its implications on the Sino-Indian relations. An attempt has been made to critically analyse all these factors in the study under reference. The domestic socio-political and economic climate as well as the equations that resulted from the cold war between India and China have been looked into and analysed reflecting the Chinese and well as Indian perspectives. The special case of Sino-Pak entente cordiale and Sino-Indian rivalry in Asia as a whole has been analysed vis-a-vis their security concerns. The departure from ultra-left policies by China after Mao's demise, and India's willingness to negotiate the boundary issue with greater pragmatism, as well as signing of the maintenance of peace and tranquility agreement along border areas in 1993 and the agreement on confidence building measures in 1996 have been seen as advantageous for a Sino-Indian detente. The study concludes that irritants such as border problem, Sino-Pak nexus, Tibet issue and the Chinese attitude of looking at India as a South Asian hegemonic power would continue to haunt the Sino-Indian relations in the twenty first century and are capable of turning the relations sour due to their hypersensitive nature. However, willingness of both the countries to strengthen material and cultural ties will certainly enhance the mutual understanding and might pave the way for a final resolution of the border and other issues. It is the desire of the people of the two countries that respective political leaderships in India and China would show greater political maturity and will, and obliterate the dark cloud of 1962 that has eclipsed the bright sun of Sino-Indian amity.
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About the author

B.R. Deepak

B.R. Deepak is working as an Associate Professor of Chinese at the Centre of Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He is recipient of many scholarships and awards including the prestigious Nehru Fellowship and India-China Cultural Exchange Fellowship for his doctoral and advanced studies in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Peking University, Beijing, respectively. Dr. Deepak has received his MBA from the Lancaster University Management School, UK, and Ph.D. ion Chinese history and language from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. India and china 1904-2004: A Century of Peace and Conflict is the product of his postdoctoral studies (2002-2003) at the Scottish Centre for Chinese Studies in the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is the author of India-China Relations in first half of the Twentieth Century (2001), Zhongguo wenxueshi gaiyao jiqi daibiaozuo shanxi (Concise History of Chinese Literature with Selected Lliteraray Texts) (2001), Chinese-Hindi Dictionary (2003) and co-author of Sanyukt Rashtra Bhasha Kosh (United Nations Languages Dictionary) (2002), as well as other works on India-China relations. The author has been a guest lecturer in the University of Free Berlin and University of Bremen in Germany, and has taught Chinese language, literature and civilization in the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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Title India and China: 1904-2004: A Century of Peace and Conflict
Author B.R. Deepak
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178271125
length xxiv+508p., Illustrations; Abbreviations; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.