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India Forum on China

Overview & Objectives

The India Forum on China @Goa (IFC), hosted by the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in cooperation with Goa University, has developed as an annual international conference where eminent scholars, practitioners and policymakers from India and other countries hold in-depth deliberations on a topical theme pertaining to China in an Indian setting, keeping in mind Indian perspectives.

The ICS, Delhi and the India Office of KAS had organized the First India Forum on China @Goa at International Centre Goa on 15-16 December 2017 in cooperation with Goa University to explore the theme of ‘Deciphering China’s Quest for Global and Regional Leadership’. Given that it was held shortly after the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China, the deliberations and outcomes of the Congress too informed the discussions at the Forum. Arguments pertaining to China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), its efforts to fashion new institutions like the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank, its growing soft power capabilities and technological prowess were examined in great detail. Additionally, China’s increasingly expansive definition of its ‘core interests’, its expanding military capabilities, its evolving security doctrines and its assertive behavior as well as nationalistic temperament were considered. Furthermore, an examination of the limitations and constraints faced by China in the pursuit of its regional and global aspirations were also analyzed. The implications of China’s readiness to offer the Chinese path as worthy of emulation by other developing countries were also discussed.

The Second India Forum on China @Goa was organized from 7-9 December 2018 at Hotel Cidade de Goa, Vainguinim Beach, Goa. As 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up, the theme of the conference was ‘Changing Drivers of China’s Economy’. The Second IFC @Goa brought together over forty experts to provide perspectives on several sub-themes including the ramifications from the structural rebalancing of China’s economy and its implications for India and other players. Experts also dwelt on the pressing question of what a confrontation with the US in the economic domain portends for a smooth rebalancing. Other sub-themes explored included Xi Jinping’s Innovation-Driven Development Strategy especially the 13th Five-Year Plan, Made in China 2025, AI 2.0 and Reimagining External Drivers of Growth in the context of the BRI.

The report of the 1st IFC and the 2nd IFC can be accessed on the ICS website (

Agenda of 3rd IFC @Goa

The ICS and KAS are organizing the Third India Forum on China @Goa on the theme ‘China and Asia’s Changing Geopolitics’, with the support of Goa University. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Mr. Richard McGregor, Senior Fellow, Lowy Institute, Sydney on Xi Jinping and Chinese Power. Amb. Shivshankar Menon will deliver the Valedictory Address. Other participants, experts and scholars will deliberate upon the following sub-themes during the conference:

  • China Factor in Evolving Discourse on Asia’s Geopolitical Challenges and Indo-Pacific: Scope, Power Shifts, Contestations;
  • The Belt and Road Initiative Post Second BRF: Nature, Directions and Implications for Asia;
  • Assessing China’s Force Projection Capabilities in Asia and Beyond: Expanding Maritime and Security Presence, Bases and More;
  • US-China Economic and Strategic Rivalry: Implications, Impact and Likely Trajectory;
  • Changing Economic Landscape of Asia: Rise of China as Digital and Technology Power, RCEP, Disruption of Value Chains and More;
  • Crafting the China Story: Beijing’s Cultural Diplomacy and ‘Sharp Power’; and
  • China’s Influence in Asian Geopolitics: Implications for India.

Timeline, Venue, Participation

This closed-door conference at Goa will see the participation of around 40 senior experts, including scholars, practitioners and policymakers from the economic, foreign policy, security and technological domains. The conference will open with a welcome dinner on the 5th of December. The deliberations on the 6th will begin with the inaugural session followed by three thematic sessions. On the 7th the conference will continue with four thematic sessions and close with the valedictory session. Participants can plan to depart from Goa on the 8th of December. The organizers will make arrangements for international travel, stay and local hospitality of all the participants. The language of the conference will be English.


A special report aimed at policymakers, media and interested public will be prepared based on the deliberations at the conference.


05 Dec 2019
3rd India Forum on China: China and Asia's Changing Geopolitics
ICS, KAS, GOA University
Venue: The Zuri White Sands, South Goa
07 Dec 2018
14 Dec 2017
1st India Forum on China:Deciphering China’s Quest for Global and Regional Leadership
The Forum discussed the nature and implications of China’s leadership quest, evaluated its strategic narratives, and assessed limitations and constraints faced by China in the pursuit of its regional and global goals.
Venue: The International Centre, Goa

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