Dear Friend,


November was an active month for the ICS community with two webinars, one book discussion and the ICS’ annual flagship event, All India Conference of Chinese Studies, all of which received overwhelming support and participation. Despite functioning on remote workforce, we have created a thriving work culture and continue our tradition of encouraging young China scholars from across the country by giving them an opportunity to intern with us. Using the digital era to our advantage, we have increased our online presence on various social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Additionally, we continue our vision of promoting interdisciplinary study and research on China and the rest of East Asia through our partnership and collaboration with other organizations such as the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), The Print and The Hindustan Times Insights amongst others.




This month ICS conducted two seminars and one book discussion in addition to the annual 14th All India Conference of China Studies (AICCS).


We conducted a book discussion of The Long Game: How The Chinese Negotiate With India with the author, Ambassador Vijay Gokhale, Distinguished Professor at Symbiosis International, Pune and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Carnegie India. The discussion was chaired by Ambassador Ashok K. Kantha, Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies with Professor Rityusha Mani Tiwary, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College of the University of Delhi and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi as discussant. (Soundcloud) (YouTube)



We organized a panel discussion on Dangers of U.S.-China Military Conflict: Escalating Geopolitical Rivalry With No Exit Ramp? on 17 November. The Panellists included Ambassador Shyam Saran, former Foreign Secretary of India, Joseph Gerson, Director of Programs for American Friends Service Committee Northeast Region and Director of AFSC's Peace and Economic Security Program, Prof. Da Wei, Professor in the Department of International Relations, Tsinghua University, Prof. Zhiqun Zhu, Professor of Political Science and International Relations and Chair of the Department of International Relations at Bucknell University, USA, and Prof. Kanti Bajpai, Wilmar Professor of Asian Studies, and Director of the Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. The panel was moderated by Dr. Hemant Adlakha, Associate Professor of Chinese at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Vice-Chairperson & Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi. (Soundcloud)  (YouTube).


Prof. Ruediger Frank, Professor of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna, where he heads the Department of East Asian Studies spoke on the topic, ‘Economic Reforms in North Korea: Likelihood and Policies’ on 24 November. Ambassador Skand Ranjan Tayal chaired the event. (Soundcloud). (YouTube)


We conducted the 14th AICCS from 11-13 November in collaboration with Cheena Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University and in partnership with the India office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. The event was an outstanding success with distinguished speakers like Amb. Shyam Saran, Amb. Shivshankar Menon, Prof. Frank Pieke and Prof. Shih Chih-yu and emerging scholars from more than 45 institutions stating their views. The virtual event had more than 1000 registrations and a large participation in each session on Zoom and YouTube.(Soundcloud)  (YouTube).




In November we had six publications in total- two occasional papers, two analysis, and one research blog.


ICS Occasional Paper

  1. Professor Vyjayanti Raghavan, Professor at the center for Korean Studies, School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies, JNU on ‘Reason and ethical Decision-making in Korea and India.
  2. Ms. Wonchibeni Patton, Research Intern, ICS on Democratisation in Oceania and its Impact on China’s Influence on the Region.

ICS Analysis

1. Animesh Jain, Research Manager, on Legalism sugar-coated with Confucianism-from Qin and Han Dynasty-Has this tradition continued in CCP way of ruling?

2. Dr. Hemant Adlakha, Vice-Chairperson and Honorary Fellow, ICS and Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, on Women in China: “Baby Makers” and “Bed Warmers”?

3. Ambassador Kishan S Rana, Emeritus Fellow, ICS on ‘China’s ‘Leading Small Groups’: Instrument of Governance and Control’.


ICS Research Blogs

1. Ms. Wonchibeni Patton, Research Intern, ICS on What does China gain from its South Pacific Engagement?




Ambassador Shyam Saran, member, ICS Governing Council, and former Foreign Secretary of India authored a piece on ‘Indian can’t turn into another China. It must protect our ‘mother nature’ from danger’ for ThePrint on 3 November and piece on ‘Nehru was way ahead of his time. Seeing him through a 20/20 lens is wrong’ for ThePrint on 17 November. Prof Srikanth Kondapalli, Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies and Professor in Chinese Studies at School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University article on ‘At CoP, China’s cop-out on Xi’s ‘driver’s seat’ ambition’ was carried by Deccan Herald on 7 November. Anurag Viswanath, Adjunct Fellow, ICS wrote a blog on China: Sex, censorship, videos & gender – What Peng Shuai case tells us about the state of women and treatment of MeToo victims in the country’ for The Times of India on 24 November. Dr. Sudipto Mundle, Senior Adviser, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) authored a piece on ‘Tackling global challenges, despite great power rivalry’ for Mint on 19 November.M V Rappai, Honorary Fellow, ICS and security analyst specializing in Asian Strategic issues wrote a piece ‘The Chinese Communist Party ambitious agenda’ on 29 November carried out by Hindustan Times.




Dr. Anand P. Krishnan, Visiting Associate Fellow, ICS wrote an opinion piece in The Hindu on ‘The Red Truth of China’s ‘Common Prosperity Discourse’ on 11 November. Dr. Krishnan along with Dr. Bhim Subba provided inputs for the episode on Xi Jinping in the ‘Vallathoru Kadha’ weekly series on Malayalam news channel, Asianet News. Ravi Bhoothalingam, Honorary Fellow, ICS and member, Joint Study Group (India) BCIM Economic Corridor, delivered a lecture on “India and China: Taking the Long View” to the Oxford and Cambridge Society of India on 13 November, 2021.


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Best regards,

Ashok K. Kantha






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