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India-China Relations: Changing Profile in The 21st Century

Y. Yagama Reddy (Author)

The epithets, such as 'civilizational states', 'natural allies', 'twin engines/key drivers' of Asian economic growth and the 'Asian giants' relating to India and China are very much in vogue in the international parlance. India-China relationship, in an upbeat mood, was variously envisioned as 'mutually interactive relationship' (Tagore), 'the most important of the most important' (Tan Yun-Shan), 'a worthy model of the Asian way of harmony and co-existence', an Asian balance' in the Col War context and 'Hindi-chini-bal-bal' (Nehru) The Himalayas, epitomizing geographical ambivalence, acted as a formidable barrier between India and China so much as to make them oblivious of each other and also offered no scope for any conflict until the advent of the European colonialism. Contrary to an expected burgeoning partnership between India and China-as a logical corollary of Panchsheel-these geographically proximate nations got embroiled in the border issue. The Sino-Indian war of 1962 perpetuated misunderstanding and misperceptions and eventually the trust-deficit. But, the Asian economic ascendency and the concern for promoting stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region prodded these Asian giants develop shared views and interests on geo-economic imperatives of globalization vis-a-vis their 'protacted geopolitical conflict.' The Rajiv Gandhi-Deng Xiaoping talks in 1988 paved the way for a series of initiatives underscoring the primacy of mutual accommodation and cooperation for 'building a relationship of friends and trust based on equality', and 'developing the strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity'. Yet, the clandestine military manoeuvres, ostensibly by China, and the concept of 'India balancing China' have exacerbated the 'trust-deficit' between them. However, their membership in a plethora of multilateral frameworks in Asia-Pacific offers a multitude of possibilities for fruitful partnerships. This anthology portrays the prospects of cooperation for mutual benefit as well as provocative for mutual benefit as well as provocative challenges for these two Asian dynamos in the wake of Asian Solidarity and new global order gaining momentum.

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About the author

Y. Yagama Reddy

Y. Yagama Reddy (born in 1952) has been a faculty member since 1985 and is currently the Director of the Centre for Southeast Asian & Pacific Studies, a UGC sponsored Area Studies Centre established in 1976 at Sri venkateswara university, Tirupati. Besides associating himself with the teaching programme on regional geography and geopolitics of Southeast Asia and South pacific, he is involved in multidisciplinary research encompassing strategic, security, economic and demographic aspects of Southeast Asia and Australia. He has to his credit 5 books and 27 papers published in national and International journals. He has also presented 37 research papers at various national and international conferences/seminars and delivered lectures at the refresher Courses on Southeast Asia and Australia as well as during his visit to Australia in 2005, on the topics concerning India-Australia bilateral relations. Professor Reddy has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Studies in Southeast Asian and pacific Studies at S.V. University (2001-2004) and is currently a member of Board of South and Southeast Asian studies, University of Madras, Chennai. He was also a member of the UGC Standing Advisory Committee on Area Studies programme, New Delhi (2002-2005). He is a Life member of various professional bodies including the Indian association for the Study of Australia, the Indian Congress for Asia and Pacific Studies, the India association or American Studies, the South Indian American Studies network, and International association of Asian and European Studies as well as a member of Indian Association for Asia and pacific Studies.

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Title India-China Relations: Changing Profile in The 21st Century
Format Hardcover
Date published: 03.10.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788121211413
length 313p., 23cm.