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Veda Vaidyanathan was a Research Associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi. She completed her Ph.D. from the Centre for African Studies at the University of Mumbai on the Resource Diplomacy Strategies of India and China in Africa. She was initially a doctoral fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research and in 2014 received the Institute of Chinese Studies-Harvard Yenching Institute (ICS-HYI) China-India studies fellowship. From 2015-16 she was a senior visiting fellow at the Centre for African Studies, School of International Studies, Peking University, China and was a visiting fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in Harvard University the following year. She has conducted extensive fieldwork interviewing various stakeholders in India, China, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, USA and the UK.  Her paper titled Reimagining Engagement and Realigning Priorities: How India and China are Informing the African Growth Story, won the World Society Foundation Award in Switzerland in April 2019. She is currently leading her second project with a multi-cultural team working on Chinese investments in Zambian agriculture and mining. Her first post-PhD project examining Chinese Infrastructure Development in Tanzania and Kenya was recently completed and the resultant monograph was published in November 2019. 

China's Infrastructure Development in Africa: An Examination of Projects in Tanzania and Kenya
05 Nov 2019

The study titled 'China's Infrastructure Development in Africa: An Examination of Projects in Tanzania and Kenya' was undertaken as part of the 'China in the World' research programme at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS).

The Curious Case of the BRI Shapeshifting in Africa
29 Apr 2019

The idea, purpose, concept and the agenda of the BRI mutates and takes on many forms depending on who is describing it. Opaque structures, institutions shrouded in secrecy and questionable data sets are familiar challenges while studying China’s layers. This lack of clarity spills into literature and conversations surrounding the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as well.

Fuelled by FOCAC: China’s Development Cooperation in Africa
26 Sep 2018

The choice of theme ‘China and Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win Cooperation’ is a deliberate shift from the donor-donee approach the west is often criticized for using. This article analyses the outcomes of the recently concluded FOCAC Summit and contextualizes it against the various measures Beijing has in place to build human and institutional capacity in the continent.

चीनी-अफ्रीकी विकास सहयोग में FOCAC का दम
26 Sep 2018

चीन अफ्रीका सहयोग मंच यानी FOCAC ने 3 और 4 ससतंबर को अपनी स्थापना की 18वीं सालसगरह मनाई. सदग्गजों की चमक-दमक से भरे इस भू-राजनैसतक (Geo-Political) समारोह का आयोजन बीसजंग में सकया गया था

Exploring Trade and Investment Patterns of ASEAN in Africa: Are they limited by the Bigger Asian Powers?
09 Nov 2016

The pace at which economic partnerships have developed between countries in the ASEAN region and their counterparts in Africa in the past few decades have led to deliberations regarding the possibilities of an ASEAN-Africa model of cooperation. In addition to becoming one of the favoured destinations for FDI outflows from ASEAN, African countries have also become vital trading partners. While most of the initial investments were focused on the energy sector, with time the portfolios have steadily diversified into financial services, telecommunications, shipping, water sanitation and infrastructure among others.


Areas of interest

Sino-Indian relations with countries in Africa, Emerging powers and their interactions with Africa, Sino-Indian Resource Diplomacy Strategies in Africa


Current Positions

    Research Associate

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