China, US, and Changing Asian Geopolitics

Prof. C Raja Mohan

Wednesday Seminar | Zoom Webinar | 5 August 2020


For four decades and more, a harmonious relationship between China and the US has been the dominant force shaping the geopolitics of Asia. This talk will explore the prospects of the breakdown of the US-China relationship and its consequences for Asian geopolitics. It will look at three broad scenarios - the fragmentation of the regional order, the emergence of a Sino-Centric Asia, and the restoration of US primacy - as a means to understand the unfolding regional dynamic and its implications for India

ICS-KAS Conversation| Future of India-China Economic Relations

Dr. Ajit Ranade, Ravi Bhoothalingam, Santosh Pai

ICS Conversation | Zoom Webinar | 12 August 2020


As the relationship between India and China spirals towards a new low in 2020 post-Galwan, we take stock of what exactly this could mean for the future of economic engagement between the two countries. India has so far resorted to three major asymmetric measures with significant impact on economic links with China. First, a new FDI approval requirement was imposed on 17 April on investments with beneficial ownership in countries which share a land border with India. Then, fifty-nine internet applications launched by Chinese developers were banned on 29 June on grounds of national security in a bellwether move. The latest measure is the introduction on 23 July of a prior registration requirement including security and political clearance for bidders from countries sharing a land border with India which seek to participate in tenders for procurement of goods, services or works. While China has strongly protested these measures, it is yet to take any significant retaliatory action and India is expected to unveil more such measures. 

South Korea’s Foreign Policy Dilemma in the Indo-Pacific Era

Dr. Sandip Kumar Mishra

Wednesday Seminar | Zoom Webinar | 19 August 2020


Growing contests between the US and China in the Indo-Pacific region have posed serious challenges to South Korean foreign policy making. While the US is its most valuable security ally, China is its biggest trading partner. For several years, South Korea tried to keep these two domains separate from each other, and has successfully maintained a balance between the two. However, recent developments like the US-China trade war and COVID-19 ensure security and trade issues both have become increasingly interconnected. South Korea’s reluctance in formulating a clear Indo-Pacific strategy has led to a gap in its relations with countries such as the US, Japan, Australia and India, who consider the strategy important to deal with an ‘irresponsible’ and ‘aggressive’ China. This gap is reflected in domestic discourse, with critics of balancing claiming it has resulted in a diminished role in regional issues and deterioration in some of its most critical bilateral relations. It is hence important to explore the contexts and contours of the South Korean foreign policy dilemma, and anticipate its future trajectory amidst turbulent times in the Indo-Pacific.

India-Taiwan Ties: Time for India to Rethink its Taiwan Policy

Sana Hashmi

Wednesday Seminar | Zoom Webex | 26 August 2020


In the post-Galwan period, India-China relations will not be business as usual. Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 and China’s insensitivities towards India’s territorial integrity is shaping the domestic debate in India. There have been calls to reevaluate India’s China policy and advance ties with Taiwan. India does not have diplomatic ties with Taiwan and relations are managed through 'unofficial' channels. The China factor has loomed large on the prospects of setting the right context for India-Taiwan relations. While the recent standoff has provided a window of opportunity for India to look towards Taiwan, there is a need for India to engage Taiwan in the long-term. Taiwan, under the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen, has emphasised on the importance of strengthening ties with India. It is in this context, the talk will attempt to explore options for India vis-à-vis Taiwan.

Volume 56 | Issue 3 | August 2020
The China Report is a refereed journal in the field of social sciences and international relations. It encourages free expression and discussion of different ideas and approaches which assist in better understanding China and its neighbours. It welcomes and offers a platform for original research from a multi-disciplinary perspective, in new and emerging areas, by scholars and research students. It seeks to promote analysis and vigorous debate on all aspects of Sino-Indian relations, India–China comparative studies and multilateral and bilateral initiatives and collaborations across Asia.

Covid-19 and the Communist Party of China’s Governance Crisis

Bhim B Subba Issue No. 115 | August 2020
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Wuhan and subsequent spread to other countries, has challenged China’s model of governance. ..

Clashes in Trade and Causes of Migration: The Case of India and China as the Dynamic to the World

Sangit Sarita Dwivedi Issue No. 116 | August 2020
In existing phase, the mass movement of people across the globe constitutes a major feature of world politics. Whatever the reason, the Western capitalist states see this movement as a serious threat to their stability. Little coherence is foun..

Sino-Japanese Relations: Forced Engagement or Healthy Rivalry?

Mohd Adnan Issue No. 117 | August 2020
The relations between the People’s Republic of China and Japan are one of the most sophisticated and important relations in the contemporary world. Both states, at present, are the world’s secon and thirdlargest economies and..
Traditional Cultural Ideas and Symbols, and Possibilities of Discursive Legitimacy in Contemporary China
Devendra Kumar Issue No. 54 | August 2020
Domestic political legitimacy has attracted the attention of many scholars after China adopted the policies of reform and opening up in 1978. The Weberian top-down approach has been a dominant framework in the literature to ..
The Chinese Sovereign Wealth Fund
Tahera Daud Issue No. 56 | August 2020
China’s spectacular growth in the last few decades has led to the accumulation of huge amounts of foreign reserves. The emergence of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) has been..
Wu Shicun: More Frequent US Military Comes Near Us, More Likely It is to Cause “Guns and Misfires”
Prashant Kaushik Issue No. 7 | August 2020
Professor Wu Shicun 吴士存 is president, China SCS Research Institute. The USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz returned to SCS and conducted military exercises on 17 July..
Words and Deeds of Bureaucrats with High Degrees Disappoint Masses. Why?
Tanvi Negi | Issue No. 8 | August 2020
The article was first published on the website of Minzu fuxing 民族复兴 on July 26, 2020. Minzu fuxing wang website or the Chinese Rejuvenation website claims it was..
The ICS Blog is a platform for an open dialogue that aims to inform and enlighten, especially young scholars and analysts on contemporary issues related to China and East Asia.
Incubation Systems for Start-ups in China and India: A Comparison of the Two ecosystems
Hrishikesh Kashyap
13 August 2020
The Business of Civilizations in Modern Times
Asma Masood
14 August 2020
Beijing’s SCS Dilemma: Nan zhongguohai or “Nanhai”
Hemant Adlakha
20 August 2020
Geopolitics of Tibet’s Rivers for Lower Riparian India
Yash Johri, Shivi Sanyam
21 August 2020
China’s Infrastructure Development Projects in Bangladesh
Sayantan Haldar
21 August 2020
India – Taiwan Trade Relations in the COVID Era: Opportunities and Challenges
Kannan R Nair
21 August 2020
Chinese Commitments in Afghanistan: A Strategic Calculus
Aadil Sud
21 August 2020
The Hong Kong National Security Law
Bihu Chamadia
27 August 2020
China – Myanmar Friendship: Implications on India
Priyanka Madia
28 August 2020



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A year on, Article 370 and Kashmir Mythmaking
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Yunnan in a Development Dilemma
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The Kathmandu Post | 11 August 
League of Nationalists
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Podcast | Water Management and Diplomacy
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The Bridge Project | 16 August 
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P. K. Anand
Asianet News | 19 August 
Labour Market Changes in India, 2005 – 18
Jayan Jose Thomas
Economic and Political Weekly | 22 August 
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G. Venkat Raman
Area IIM Bangalore | 27 August 
India’s Envoy to China 1961 – 63: P K Banerjee’s China Dayes
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Economic and Political Weekly | 29 August 
Strengthening India’s Trade Policy
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Business Standard | 29 August 
Tanaka Shozō (1841-1913) and Early Meiji Democracy

Speaker: Prof. Brij Tankha and Chair: Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty

Wednesday Seminar | Zoom Webinar | 16 September 2020 @ 3 PM IST
The Trend of China-US Competition in the Digital Age

Speaker: Prof. Yan Xuetong 

Special Lecture | Zoom Webinar | 18 September 2020 @ 3 PM IST






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