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The Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) continued to take up relevant issues and topics through digital platforms to generate informed analysis of China and East Asia. With as many as three webinars and seven publications during the month, ICS brought together leading experts to discuss key issues of contemporary relevance in China.


Due to the pandemic, ICS has continued to offer virtual internship to provide young and aspiring scholars who may not be able to come to Delhi, but wish to connect with the institute through online channels to pursue projects or short assignments that fit into their study programs, and receive guidance from the ICS faculty. The virtual internship programme has immensely helped in academically grooming young scholars interested in Chinese studies.




ICS organised three seminars in January, including a panel discussion.

Prof. Madhavi Thampi, Honorary Fellow, ICS spoke on ‘Kazakhs From Xinjiang In Bhopal During World War II’ on 12 January. Prof. Thampi explored what brought the Kazakhs all the way to Bhopal, nearly 2500 Kms away from their homeland. Prof. Patricia Oberoi, Emeritus Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies chaired the event. (Soundcloud) (YouTube)


We organized a panel discussion on ‘Zimbabwe-China Economic Relations’ on 19 January. The panellists included: Dr. Veda Vaidyanathan, Associate, Harvard University Asia Center and Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies; Prolific Simbarashe Mataruse, Scholar based at Department of Governance and Public Management at the University of Zimbabwe; Eve Nyemba, International Relations specialist; Farai Mutondoro, political economist researcher and coordinator of the Africa Institute of Environmental Law; Josephine Chiname, legal practitioner with experience in non-governmental organisation, legal sector and private legal practice. The event was chaired by Amb. Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Studies Programme at Gateway House. (YouTube)


A discussion on the book, “China and South Asia: Changing Regional Dynamics, Development and Power Play” edited by Dr. Rajiv Ranjan and Prof. Guo Changgang (Routledge 2021) was held on 28 January. The speakers included: Prof. Saeed Shafqat, Founding Director, Centre for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG); Prof. Mahendra P Lama, Senior Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Prof. Rashed Uz Zaman, University of Dhaka; and Dr. Rajiv Ranjan, Associate Professor at Shanghai University. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, Senior Research Fellow at Indian Council of World Affairs and Dr. Jabin T. Jacob, Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and Governance Studies, Shiv Nadar University were discussants.  Prof. Alka Acharya, Centre for East Asian Studies (Chinese Studies), School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Senior Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies chaired the event. (YouTube)




This month we had seven publications in total, three ICS Analysis and four Research blogs.


ICS Analysis

  1. Amb. Shyam Saran on ‘Exploration of ‘Xi Jinping’s Concept of Common Prosperity’.
  2. Rangoli Mitra, Research Assistant, ICS, on ‘China in the World Order: A Critical Examination’.
  3. Amb. Shivshankar Menon, Chairperson, ICS, on ‘Legitimacy and Authority in Xi’s China.’

ICS Research Blog

  1. Prof. Hemant Adlakha, Vice Chairperson, ICS, and Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University on ‘Why Will China Not Give Up on its ‘Dynamic Zeroing’ Covid-19 Strategy?
  2. Arushi Singh, Research Intern, ICS, on ‘China’s ‘Ides of Control’ and Social Credit System.’
  3. Prof. Hemant Adlakha, Vice Chairperson, ICS, and Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University on ‘Year 2022 and Xi Jinping’s Third Term: Is Xi Riding a Tiger He Cannot Get Off?’.
  4. Prof. Rama V. Baru, Professor, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health and Honorary Fellow, ICS Delhi and Madhurima Nundy, Fellow, Centre for Social Change and Economic Progress on ‘Indian Students Studying Medicine in China: Disruptions Caused by the Covid Pandemic.’




Amb Shyam Saran wrote seven articles in January: ‘2022 Will Determine Xi’s Political Future’ for Rediff on 3 January, ‘Coping with Democratic Slide’ for The Tribune on 10 January, ‘Not a big deal’ for the Tribune on 12 January, ‘If Siachen is back on Indo-Pak agenda, it is good news’ for the Indian Express on 15 January, ‘Geopolitics drives Xi’s economic agenda’ for Business Standard on 17 January,; ‘Indian govt can’t introduce quality reforms because it’s ignoring these three issues’ for The Print on 26 January and ‘Make governance lean & mean’ for Tribune India on 26 January.

Prof. Srikanth Kondapalli, Professor of Chinese Studies at JNU and Honorary Fellow at ICS authored two pieces on India needs to shed its defensive policies and proactively counter China’ for Firstpost on 6 January; ‘China in a quandary as India’s tough response at borders torpedoes its plans’ for India Vs Disinformation on 12 January.

Prof. Alka Acharya’s review of book, ‘Nehru, Tibet and China’ was published in the IIC Quarterly, Autumn 2021, Volume 48, Number 2.

Prof. Sandip Kumar Mishra, Associate Professor at the Centre for East Asian Studies, JNU wrote ‘Why it’s time for a woman to lead ILO’ for The Times of India on 19 January.

Dr. Partha Mukhopadhyay, Senior Fellow at the Center for Policy Research wrote two articles titled ‘How to build a green infrastructure grid’ for Hindustan Times on 5 January and ‘Budget 2022: Three Focus areas that can propel India to a job-intensive, high growth trajectory’ for Firstpost on 31 January.

Dr. Happymon Jacob, Associate Professor, Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Adjunct Fellow, ICS wrote ‘India’s Evolving Afghan Policy’ on 31 January.

Dr. Hemant Adlakha’s articles titled, ‘Can “good emperor” Xi ride over factional fights into a third term?’ and ‘Can Xi Jinping ride the tiger year with success? was published by Think China, Singapore on 20 Jan 2022.

Dr. Ritu Agarwal, Associate Professor, Centre of East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University was quoted twice by China Daily in their articles titled, ‘Improving rural lives: Indian experts appreciate China’s Success.’ and ‘Victory over Poverty Draws Praise Abroad’ on 12 and 18 January respectively.

Mr. Santosh Pai was quoted in an article titled, ‘India’s reliance on Chinese goods surged in 2021’ published in The Hindu on 23 Jan 2022. His article titled, ‘Is India’s booming trade with China a source of worry’ was published by The Times of India on 26 Jan 2022.




Dr. Anand P. Krishnan, Visiting Associate Fellow, ICS made a presentation on ‘Communist Party of China’s common prosperity campaign and its disconnect with Labour’, on 15 December 2021, under the lecture series on ‘Perceptions and Realities on People’s Republic of China’, organized by the Department of Political Science, Sree Keralavarma College, Thrissur, Kerala.

Rangoli Mitra's article titled The China-India Cold War in Maldives was published in The Diplomat on 19 Jan 2022.

Mr. Nishit Kumar, ICS-HYI Fellow, wrote a chapter titled, “Literature as a medium of Intellectual Communication: A Case Study of Mo Yan’s Literature Nobel” for the book- “Discourse on Chinese Language, Literature and Culture” Somya Nayak (ed), Bluerose Publishers, 2022. ISBN: 9789354729645.


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Ashok K. Kantha


Institute of Chinese Studies





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