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DOES INDIA NEED TO RE-THINK ITS CHINA POLICY?


SPEAKER:

Tansen Sen is Director of the Center for Global Asia, Professor of History, NYU Shanghai; Associated Professor of History, NYU. He specializes in Asian history and religions and has special scholarly interests in India-China interactions, Indian Ocean connections, and Buddhism. He is the author of Buddhism, Diplomacy, and Trade: The Realignment of Sino-Indian Relations, 600-1400 (2003; 2016) and India, China, and the World: A Connected History (2017). He has co-authored (with Victor H. Mair) Traditional China in Asian and World History (2012) and edited Buddhism Across Asia: Networks of Material, Cultural and Intellectual Exchange (2014). He is currently working on a book about Zheng He’s maritime expeditions in the early fifteenth century and co-editing (with Engseng Ho) the Cambridge History of the Indian Ocean, volume 1.


He has done extensive research in India, China, Japan, and Singapore with grants from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Japan Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore). He was the founding head of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Center in Singapore and served on the Governing Board of the Nalanda University.


SYNOPSIS:

President Xi Jinping’s centralization of power by confirming an unprecedented yet expected third term was the key outcome of the 20th National Congress of the #chinesecommunistparty. However, decoding the outcomes of the Party Congress as portents for the future of #beijing ’s engagement with the rest of the world, including New Delhi, may well be a tricky exercise.


With Xi Jinping potentially eyeing to surpass the coveted status of #mao Zedong in Chinese history, there is a worry that it could lead to fewer restraints in the use of #chinese power in the coming decade. India’s on-and-off relationship with China is not just dictated by bilateral concerns, but also Beijing’s anxieties and rising sense of siege about the wider world. In that context, the CCP’s latest Congress was carefully watched in New Delhi as a primer about the direction that China may well go in the times to come.


To discuss where India fits into this global interplay of nations with China and what should be the Indian strategy in countering the Dragon’s influence, an eminent guest joins us on Argumentative Indians.


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