MARCH 2022

Dear Friend,


March was an extremely fruitful month for the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) as we organized the first edition of the All India Conference of East Asian Studies (AICEAS). It was held virtually in partnership with the Department of International Relations & Governance Studies (IRGS), Shiv Nadar University (Delhi NCR) 21st and 22nd of March 2022.


In addition to five publications, we organised as many as four webinars during the month, including contemporary issues such as China’s Nuclear Modernisation. We also brought out a special edition of “China report on 100 Years of the Communist Party of China (Part 1)”, guest edited by Dr. Jabin T. Jacob and Dr. Bhim B. Subba.  Same can be accessed gratis from the website of the journal:


The virtual internship and work with us programmes continue to attract fresh talent and the Institute is being seen as the place for young and aspiring scholars, interested in East Asian Studies.  Leading institutions such as IIM Indore and Shiv Nadar University do send their best students for summer internship with us. We continue to receive a large number of applications for both the programmes.




ICS organised the 1st All India Conference of East Asian Studies,  four seminars in March, including two panel discussions. The conference will be convened annually in collaboration with a leading Indian university/research organization across India. The keynote address was delivered by H.E. Taro Kono, Director, Liberal Democratic Party Public Affairs Department; former Minister,  Reform and Regulatory Reform; former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence, Government of Japan. 


Further details of the 1st All India Conference of East Asian Studies can be found on these links;


We organised a discussion onFive Phases of BRI development: 2013-2022on 2 March. The speaker was Dr. David Arase, professor at Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Nanjing University, China, spoke Prof. Arase highlighted that the rollout and development of was a dynamic process in five successive phases: 1) Rollout; 2) Routinization; 3) Community of Shared Destiny; 4) Diversifying aims and adapting to constraints; 5) Covid and post-Covid adjustments and the overall process is progressing from extensive to intensive development. He also situated BRI in the context of China’s “major power diplomacy” and China’s Dream”. Amb. Ashok K. Kantha, Director, ICS chaired the event. (Soundcloud) (YouTube)


We conducted a panel discussion where Dr. Hans Kristensen, Director, Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists and Amb. Jayant Prasad, former Director-General of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses spoke on ‘China's Nuclear Modernisation and Implications for India’ on 9 March. The discussion was chaired by Air Marshal M. Matheswaran(Retired), Founder-President of The Peninsula Foundation, and former Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff for policy, plans, and force development (DCIDS-PPFD) in HQ Integrated Defence Staff, New Delhi, chaired the discussion. (Soundcloud) (YouTube)


A presentation was made by Dr. Avinash Anil Godbole, Associate Professor and Assistant Academic Dean at JSLH, Jindal Global University, spoke on Dual Circulation Strategy: Causes and Progress’ on 16 March. Dr. Godbole spoke on the driving factors behind the “Dual Circulation” strategy, response of various stakeholders towards the strategy and discernible changes on the ground, thus far. The event was chaired by Prof. Amita Batra, Professor of Economics and Chairperson, Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, JNU. (YouTube)


Our second panel discussion for the month Managing China’s Domestic Economic Governance was organised on 30 March. The speakers were: Dr. Muyang Zhang is an Associate Professor at China Public Finance Institute, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics; Prof. Shenghao Zhu is a professor of Economics in the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing; and Dr. Aravind Yelery Senior Research Fellow, Peking University, Beijing/Shenzhen. Mr. Santosh Pai, Partner, Link Legal and Treasurer, ICS, chaired the event. (YouTube)




This month we had three publications during the month, one Occasional Paper and two blogs.


ICS Occasional Paper

Dr. Kaustav Padmapati, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Royal School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Assam Royal Global University, Guwahati, Assam on Democratic Transition, New Taiwanese Identity and Queer Rights Movements in Taiwan: Assessing the Linkages.

ICS Analysis

Ashu Mann, Research Intern, ICS on AUKUS and the great power Rivalry.

ICS Research Blog

  1. Dr. Hemant Adlakha, Associate Professor, JNU and Vice-Chairperson, ICS on Why is the Ukraine War becoming a debating battleground in China?.
  2. Ms. Upasana Ghosh, Research Intern, ICS on Xi’s Spirited New-Year Address to a “Dynamic” and “Resilient” China.

ICS Translations

Dr. Hemant Adlakha, Associate Professor, JNU and Vice-Chairperson, ICS on Will Russia Directly Attack the US?.




Our panel discussion on China's Nuclear Modernisation and Implications for India, was carried by The Print as China boosting nuke stockpile to be on par with US, Russia, says ex-diplomat Jayant Prasad on 9 March.




Amb. Gautam Bambawale spoke at Padma Bhushan Dr. P.R.Dubhashi Public Lecture on India and the emerging world order organised by Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economy, Pune on 16 March 2022. His article titled, ‘’ was published by The Why India must keep China's overtures at mending fences at bay by The Times of India on 22 March. His interview titled, 'China does not want to mend fences with India' was carried by Rediff on 31 March.

Prof. Happymon Jacob’s Book review of India and the Bangladesh Liberation War and article titled, A misfiring and its trail of poor strategic stability were carried by The Hindu on 4 and 16 March respectively.

Dr. Hemant Adlakha, Honorary Fellow, ICS’ published five articles titled, Russian War on Ukraine: When will Xi say to Putin: Hey, you are on your own on this in Modern Diplomacy on 4 March, Ukraine War Crisis and Geopolitics in Indian Defence Review on 10 March, Russian War on Ukraine Is Strafing China’s BRI in Modern Diplomacy on 17 March NATO and Ukraine War Crisis: Time to Write NATO Obituary(海孟德·阿德拉卡:早就该给北约写讣告了)(bilingual in Chinese and English) in Guancha on 22 March and War in Ukraine: Public Diplomacy ‘Argy-Bargy’ in Public, on China’s Weibo in Indian Defence Review on 24 March.

Prof. Rama Baru’s article titled, Ukraine War a Reminder of Multiple Concerns Staring Down Indian Medical Students Abroad was published by The Wire on 6 March.

Prof. Prabir De’s co-authored articles titled, Rethinking BIMSTEC in a new era’ and ‘Can BIMSTEC rise to meet the new challenges? were published by Daily FT and The Daily Star respectively on 31 March.

Prof. Rama Baru and Dr. Madhurima Nundy’s study Student Mobility in Higher Education- The case of Indian Students Studying Medicine in China was quoted in an article titled, Government prioritised Temples instead of Medical Colleges, Students paying for it in Ukraine: Medical Experts published by Newsclick on 2 March.

Prof. Ashwini Deshpande’s Opinion piece titled, Gender norms aren’t a monolith in India was published by The Hindustan Times on 2 March.

Prof. G Venkat Raman participated in a discussion titled, Demystifying China: How it views the World organised by IAS Association, Rajasthan on 5 March.

Dr. Rajiv Ranjan, wrote an article in Hindi titled, Russia – Ukraine Conflict and China (रुस -यूक्रेन युद्ध और चीन) for Rashtriya Sahara on 5 March 2022. He further delivered the 22nd S N Sinha Memorial lecture on “Himalayan Peace: Enabling Soft Border to create ‘Peace’ along India-China Border” at A N College, Patna, on 25 March and a special lecture on “India-China Relations in the 21st Century” at Department of Political Science, Patna College on 26 March 2022.

Dr. Bhim Subba, Visiting Associate Fellow, ICS’s Book Review of Contextualising India–China Economic Interactions was published in the Economic & Political Weekly Vol. 57, Issue No. 13 dated 26 Mar, 2022.

Dr. Anand P. Krishnan, Visiting Associate Fellow, ICS’ views were carried by Taiwan Plus in their report titled, Foxconn's Long History of Labor Violations on 15 March.


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Best regards,

Ashok K. Kantha


Institute of Chinese Studies





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