Book Launch: Beyond Pan-Asianism: Connecting China and India, 1840s – 1960s

Alka Acharya, Tansen Sen, Brian Tsui, Yin Cao, Adhira Mangalagiri, Anne Reindhardt, Zhang Ke

Conference| Zoom Webinar | 3 December 2020


Within Asia, the period from the 1840s to 1960s had witnessed the rise and decline of Pax Britannica, the growth of multiple and often competing anti-colonial movements, and the entrenchment of the nation-state system. Beyond Pan-Asianism seeks to demonstrate the complex interactions between China, India, and their neighbouring societies against this background of imperialism and nationalist resistance. The contributors to this volume, from India, the West, and the Chinese- speaking world, cover a tremendous breadth of figures, including novelists, soldiers, intelligence officers, archivists, among others, by deploying published and archival materials in multiple Asian and Western languages. This volume also attempts to answer the question of how China–India connectedness in the modern period should be narrated. Instead of providing one definite answer, it engages with prevailing and past frameworks— notably ‘Pan-Asianism’ and ‘China/India as Method’—with an aim to provoke further discussions on how histories of China–India and, by extension the non-Western world, can be conceptualized.

Why Fiction Matters in Contemporary China?

David Der-wei Wang

Wednesday Seminar | Zoom Webinar |9 December 2020


Taking as a starting point PRC President Xi Jinping’s dictum to “Tell China’s Story Well” (2013), this lecture observed the multiple attempts to tell the “China story” since the millennial turn. At a time when both “history” and “story” are incorporated into the truth regime of the state, fiction is now, more than ever, a highly contested form in manifesting the power of polyphony. The speaker discussed three of 'the most exciting' aspects of contemporary fiction in the Chinese and Sinophone world via three related terms: transgression, transmigration, and transillumination; and ponder their political and ethical implications.



Powershift – India – China Relations in a Multipolar World

Zorawar Daulet Singh

Wednesday Seminar | Zoom Webinar | 16 December 2020


Just like seven decades ago when the dramatic re-emergence of India and China from their traumatic encounter with colonialism followed by a war between them in 1962 transformed this region’s geopolitical landscape, the equation of the two countries is once again poised to influence the future course of Asia. Wider interests demand that both countries craft a tenuous co-existence and stabilize a fragmenting world order. There are also circumstances that are bringing new frictions and differences to the fore as India and China pursue their regional interests and attempt to settle old scores. Although both leaderships have chosen to delicately manage this see-saw, recurring border crises over the past decade have repeatedly questioned whether Delhi and Beijing can maintain such a balancing act for much longer. The emerging multipolar world has brought the relationship at a crossroad where today’s choices will set in course events that will profoundly impact India’s economy, security and the regional order. It is, therefore, critical that India’s leaders get our China policy right.

Is India a Monkey on China’s Back?

Hemant Adlakha

Wednesday Seminar | Zoom Webinar | 23 December 2020


What began as yet another routine border skirmish along the LAC eight months ago, took an ugly turn with the killing of 20 Indian soldiers on the night of June 14-15. Apparently, “frustration” in Beijing has been growing with a series of military and diplomatic talks resulting in a failure to manage the “crisis” – unlike what was eventually achieved in Doklam. In India, on the other hand, there is near consensus that the Galwan Incident marks an inflection point in India’s China policy. At the same time, the narrative in China hasn’t toned down a bit, that it is India’s growing belligerence fuelled by its ever-closer intimacy with the external anti-China forces led by the United States which is the reason for the unprecedented situation. Further, in recent weeks, particularly since it became increasingly certain not Trump but Joe Biden will move into the White House, there has been an unusual rise in commentaries on India in the Chinese media. An indication that the more China is trying to 管控 or “control” India, the more a “dogged” India is touching a nerve in the Chinese psyche.

Volume 56 | Issue 4 | November 2020
This paper by Israel Nyaburi Nyadera, Billy Agwanda and Michael Otieno Kisaka seek to revisit the narratives surrounding China and Africa relations. While these engagements have attracted the attention of scholars and policymakers, the emphasis has been on the economic aspects and a little attention has been made to examine the role of non-economic drivers.

Covid 19 and its Impact on the Tourism Industry of the Tibet Autonomous Region

Dolma Tsering| Issue No. 126 | December 2020
The outbreak of coronavirus has shaken the world with more than 1,443,804 deaths and millions of infected patients.
ICS Occasional Paper

Comparative Analysis of Chinese and Indian Insurance Industries

Amitava Banik| Issue No. 61 | December 2020
Insurance is a very important financial services industry and is a pillar or support system for the entire economy of a country, it is important to study the insurance industries of the countries to get a fair idea about how the assets of a country is protected.
ICS Occasional Paper

Packaging Knowledge: Tracing the Commoditisation of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda in Global Markets

Akshay Bhambri| Issue No. 62 | December 2020
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of public health systems all around the world. The failure of public health system on curative front has exhibited that there is a need of integrating diverse medical systems and practices into the mainstream public health systems to make them holistic.
ICS Occasional Paper

The Crisis in India-China Relations

Shivshankar Menon | Issue No. 63 | December 2020
This paper discusses the present crisis occasioned by China’s behaviour on the border since spring 2020, why we have come to this pass, the consequences that might follow, and where we might go from here. The issue is complicated by the fact that we have a bilateral India-China crisis in the midst of an Asia in turmoil, inside a global churning caused by the pandemic and an economic crash — a crisis wrapped in turmoil within a churning.
ICS Occasional Paper

Nation Branding and Public Diplomacy: India and China Compared

Md Yasin| Issue No. 64 | December 2020
TIn recent years, both India and China have become increasingly cognisant of nation branding and public diplomacy. Both nations are engaged with actively telling the story of their land and to further realise national goals. This study examines the link between the concepts of soft power and nation branding as instruments to enhance a nation’s influence on the world stage, exploring nation-branding initiatives of both the countries.

Shen Peng: When is the best time?

Shubhda Gurung| Issue No. 18 | December 2020
Some people always talk about “now is not the best time”. COVID-19 pandemic, the US imperialism, the trade war and then there is belligerent India. So, will there ever be a "best time"? Was 1927 a good time? Was 1937 a good time? Was 1946 a good time? Was 1949 a good time? Was 1950 a good time? Was 1962 a good time? Can’t really bargain with the wheels of history, can you? History will never give such a perfect opportunity. The CPC was born at the time of national crisis; our nation and political power were built surrounded by “a pack of wolves” [a reference to the group of foreign imperialist powers – Tr.]; our fundamental cause arose from amidst the life and death struggles. Is there really ever a “perfect time”?

Zhou Junsheng: Faced With a ‘Bleak Winter’, Movie Theatres Can’t Just Sigh

Madhurendra Jha| Issue No. 19 | December 2020
As the state of the epidemic situation in the country turns from critical to normal, tightly shut amusement zones like movie theatres, gaming arcades, etc. are also set to open, albeit with conditions. On 13th May, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) in its press conference indicated that the movie theatres in low-risk zones may open by adopting the mode of advance booking and running on limited capacity.

Le Yucheng: China’s vice foreign minister Le Yucheng on ‘Wolf Warrior diplomacy’, ‘Making Enemies all over the world’ and ‘Authoritarianism’

Md Yasin| Issue No. 20 | December 2020
According to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, vice foreign minister Le Yucheng on 5th December 2020 attended and delivered a keynote speech at the 3rd China Think Tank International Influence Forum and the 6th Symposium on Creating New Types of Think Tanks, hosted by Renmin University of China and organised by the Chongyang Institute of Finance, Renmin University of China and the National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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