In his recent book, The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India, the author focuses on six case studies of India-China negotiations that span the entire period from 1949 to 2019 and draws certain conclusions about the methods that China adopts and tools that China uses in the negotiation process with India. The book is intended to introduce the topic to ordinary people who are interested in India-China relations and foreign policy issues. Shri Gokhale will be speaking about the broad factors that shaped China's approach to negotiations, the different approaches that India and China took on negotiations and the manner in which the perceptions that each has about the other has shaped the approach to negotiations. The seminar is intended to simplify the understanding of Chinese negotiating strategy and tactics.
About the Author
Vijay Gokhale is currently Distinguished Professor at Symbiosis International, Pune and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Carnegie India. He served as India’s Foreign Secretary from January 2018 to January 2020. Shri Gokhale joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981. His diplomatic assignments included Hong Kong, Hanoi, Beijing, New York and Taipei and he served as India’s High Commissioner to Malaysia from January 2010 to October 2013, Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from October 2013 to January 2016, and Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from January 2016 to October 2017. His recent publications include Tiananmen Square – The Making of A Protest, A Diplomat Looks Back, HarperCollins, May 2021 and The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India, Penguin Random House, July 2021.
About the Discussant
Rityusha Mani Tiwary is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of the University of Delhi and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. Additionally, she is the Assistant Editor of the flagship journal of the Institute- China Report: A Journal of East Asian Studies. She holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her research has focused on unpacking the interplay of power and hegemony in East Asian regionalism and China's role therein. Her broad research interests include studying foreign policy, diplomacy, border and conflict with a comparativist approach for India and China. She has been awarded Visiting Fellowships at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai and Politics and International Studies Department, University of Cambridge, UK. In addition, she was the recipient of the Young Sinologist Fellowship offered by the Ministry of Culture, China, and earlier, the Department of State, USA, awarded her the International Visitor Leadership Program.
About the Chair
Ashok K. Kantha has been the Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies since 2017. A career diplomat, Kantha was Ambassador of India to China until January 2016. Prior to this, he was Secretary (East) at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, with responsibility for about 65 countries in India’s extended neighbourhood. His previous assignments include High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Malaysia, Consul General in Hong Kong, Deputy Chief of Mission in Kathmandu (Nepal), and Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs. Earlier, Kantha served in different capacities at Indian Missions in Singapore, China, and the USA, and at headquarters in New Delhi. In his diplomatic career spanning over 38 years, Kantha specialized in Asian affairs, with a particular focus on China. Apart from three assignments in China, he served as Joint Secretary (East Asia) and Director (China) at the Ministry of External Affairs for periods of four years each, closely involved in the formulation and implementation of India’s foreign policy in respect of China and East Asia. He has an advanced certificate in Chinese language from the National University of Singapore.
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