China in the World

The original and continuing focus of ICS research and public outreach was China’s political system, economy, history, society and foreign policy, with particular reference to India–China relations. This focus has now been broadened to cover new geographical regions, including China and India in Africa, China and India in Latin America and South Asia and at a more general level, the respective roles of India and China in the world of the future. The ICS strives to collaborate with research institutes in other parts of the world and partner with research scholars from different geographies who are also examining China’s changing role in the world.

Veda Vaidyanathan, Research Associate, ICS


China’s Infrastructure Development in Africa: An Examination of projects in Tanzania and Kenya:

This study examined China’s infrastructure building in Africa, one of the most visible and high profile components of its diplomacy in the continent. The sector has also been identified by the Government of China, Tanzania and Kenya for deepening collaboration. This research project created a strong framework of examining these projects and their outcomes by using a case study method to gain an in-depth understanding. The study identified a plethora of African stakeholders as well as Indian and Chinese actors in the markets to gather differing perspectives. While the existing literature on the theme helped build context, the data collected from the field was analyzed objectively and with integrity. The findings from this study was disseminated in a workshop hosted in New Delhi in April 2019 and the resultant monograph will be published shortly. 

ICS partnered with the Sino-Africa Centre of Excellence (SACE) in Kenya and REPOA in Tanzania.  The project was lead by Dr. Veda Vaidyanathan, researcher at ICS, New Delhi. She was accompanied by the China lead at SACE, Ms. Tong Wu as well as a PhD Scholar from Peking University, Mr. Jumanne Gomera currently working in the Tanzanian Prime Minister’s Office. Ms Sunaina Bose and Mr. Uday Khanapurkar worked as Research Assistants on the study. The multicultural team of scholars conducted month long fieldwork in Mumbai, Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma and Zanzibar.


Chinese Acquisition of African Resources: A Case Study of Zimbabwe 

Chinese Engagement in Zambia: A multi sector analysis


The monograph of the research project titled ‘China’s Infrastructure Development in Africa: An Examination of projects in Tanzania and Kenya’ is currently under peer review.


A Round Table Event: ‘China’s Africa Engagement: An Indian Perspective’
Cohosted by the Institute of Chinese Studies & Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
05.April. 2019 at the Seminar Room, NMML

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