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Dr. Alka Acharya is a professor at the Centre for East Asian Studies (Chinese Studies) School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). She was the Director and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies. The Indian government nominated her as a member of the India-China Eminent Persons Group (2006-2008) and a member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India for two terms (2006-2008) and (2011-2012). Author of "China & India: Politics of Incremental Engagement" and "Boundaries and Borderlands: A Century After the 1914 Simla Convention".


In recent years #china has emerged as the primary source of concern for India’s #nationalsecurity establishment. Senior figures such as India’s Defence Chief and the Chief of India’s Air Force have publicly called China “India’s biggest security threat”. Strength and willingness to counter China have become a key messaging point for political parties in national elections. Security experts routinely rue over our lack of preparedness to face the China threat in the sea or on the land. Politicians and social media pundits call out for banning Chinese products and apps. And India’s TV channels in their usual attempts at outdoing each other in jingoism constantly remind us how the new muscular India is frightening China.

Away from all this noise we at Argumentative Indians want to take a step back and ask the question - Is China a threat to India?


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