China’s Post-COVID 19 Path to Normalcy: Parallels for India

Santosh Pai

Wednesday Seminar | Zoom Webinar|13 May 2020


China was the first country to embark on a path to normalcy after the Covid-19 crisis. The groundwork for resumption of economic activity was laid out through a flurry of legislative and administrative activity at various levels on topics ranging from screening protocols for returning workers to tax sops for firms to re-start production. The talk examined some of the ideas underlying China’s policy toolkit as India starts its own path to economic recovery. Despite differences in the political systems and scale of industries, the speaker tried to find parallels in challenges faced.

The Fang Fang Phenomenon: Manufacturing Dissent Amid COVID-19 China

Hemant Adlakha

Wednesday Seminar | Zoom Webinar|20 May 2020


Fang Fang is not a typical dissident like Liu Xiaobo and Xu Zhiyong, China’s two most well-known dissident voices in the past decade; neither did she challenge the CPC rule, nor has she ever uttered a word to replace China’s socialist system with the Western-style liberal democracy. Yet her simple, plain truth-speaking has rattled the party orthodoxy. Lu Xun, Chinese people’s most revered literary and cultural icon but loathed by the current regime, had said in 1927: “If modern China has to find its place, it must first find its voice.”

As the Pandemic Unfolds: Health System Preparedness in China and India

Rama V. Baru & Madhurima Nundy

Wednesday Seminar | Zoom Webinar  |27 May 2020


Much has been written on the public health response to COVID-19 since its outbreak in Wuhan, China. Many of the strategies adopted by the Chinese to contain the epidemic in Wuhan have informed countries across the world. As the pandemic progresses there are many gaps in knowledge of the virus, health systems preparedness, the effectiveness of behavioural modifications at the individual and community level. The pandemic has exposed fault lines in all of the above and provides an opportunity to reimagine public health interventions in China and India. Given the economic crisis that both countries are facing will public investments in health increase? Is there a vision for a comprehensive and integrated health services in both countries? Will recent policy initiatives bring back ‘publicness’ to the health systems in India and China?

ICS Conversations | China’s Defence Modernisation, Restructuring and Posturing in the COVID Era: Implications for India and Recent Developments Along the India-China Border

Lt. Gen. D S Hooda (Retd.) & Lt. Gen. S L Narasimhan (Retd.)

Special Lecture | Zoom Webinar  |3 June 2020


The ICS Conversation explored the following issues: Impact of Covid-19 on the trajectory of China's ambitious programme of defence modernisation; fallout of the pandemic on China's ongoing defence restructuring and reforms, which are unprecedented in scope and character; China's/ Chinese PLA's stance, behaviour and security postures in specific theatres of South China Sea and India-China borders in the wake of Covid-19; recent Chinese incursions and stand-off situations along India-China borders; and implications for India of these developments and India's response.

Volume 56 | Issue 2 | May 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.

Tracing the Informal: Analyzing Labour Legislation in China

Reeja Nair|Issue No. 99 | April 2020
This article analyzes the various institutional and legislative changes that occurred during the economic reforms to explain the rise of informality in China. It examines the enactment of the 1994 Labour Law and the 2008 Labour..

Epidemics and their Urban Context: COVID-19 and Lessons from Wuhan

Madhurima Nundy|Issue No. 100 | April 2020
The impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented across the world and urban cities have faced it in full force and are among the worst affected. It began in the city of Wuhan in China and spread to other cities within and outside..

COVID-19 Pandemic and Contextualizing South Korea’s Success

Sandip Mishra|Issue No. 101 | May 2020
Amidst a sense of despair, there are examples of few countries apart from China, who have dealt with the pandemic quite effectively. South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam could be cited as few of these success stories..

China, WHO and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Bhaskar Balakrishnan|Issue No. 102 | May 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic spreading cross the world, has caused enormous and unprecedented health problems in terms of infected humans and deaths , overloaded health system capacities, as well as caused major economic..
COVID-19, China and Anatomy of Fang Fang Phenomenon
Hemant Adlakha|Issue No. 48 | May   2020
In modern China, even under Mao’s communist era, literature has been regarded as an instrument of political dissent. Two major approaches are required to seriously reflect on how to understand the anatomy of the..
US-China Rivalry: A Strategic Moment for India?
Sujan R. Chinoy|Issue No. 49 | May 2020
US-China tensions can broadly be classified into four major areas: Trade, Technology, Territorial issues (such as Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Tibet, Taiwan, the South China Sea, and Regional Connectivity) and Tenets, which allude..
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.
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Speaker: Dr. Andrew B. LiuModerated By: Dr. Madhavi Thampi

Wednesday Seminar | Zoom Webinar | 10 June 2020 @ 4 PM IST






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