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What Should and Should Not Be Learnt from the Chinese Story

China’s Transformation: The Success Story and the Success Trap by Manoranjan Mohanty, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2018; pp xx + 376, `1,100 (hardcover).


Chinese Party–State under Xi Jinping

The abolition of the two-term limit on the President’s tenure in China has generated a lot of debate. Portraying this as the return to hard authoritarianism in China does not fully take into account the gamut of changes that are taking place at the political, economic, and societal levels. Newer studies and research suggest that the mainstream Western projections of China as a repressed, controlled society, suffering under the iron grip of the party, cannot be taken at face value and must be explored in greater depth.

The Strategic Stasis in the India-China Relationship

Why does a serious, rational and realistic discourse on China in India, and vice versa, still elude our respective grasps? A confusing and diffi cult question no doubt, but one which calls for an analysis of the contradictions that underlie India-China relations. This relationship is scrutinised in the context of the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's recent state visit that could have been marred by the earlier row over the Chinese "incursion" in Ladakh, but for an understanding that the relationship would not be made hostage to the boundary dispute.

One Step Forward, Three Steps Backward: The Danger of Drift in India-China Relations

Drift unfortunately seems to have taken hold of India-China relations. For every one step forward, we appear to be taking three steps backward. The danger of drift is that it can easily take you back to square one.

Whither India-China Relations?

The recent extraordinary outpouring of public animosity in India and China towards each other should give us pause and encourage introspection. When the only space that India and China seem to be focused on occupying is the geopolitical, when the dynamics are mainly about power balancing, when only higher growth and trade statistics are at stake and when vital issues are bandied about cynically as "cards" in a great game, the stature of two of the oldest civilisations in the world is immeasurably lowered. It bears repeating that situations appear intractable not because we are unable to see the solution; rather, it is because we are unable to see the problem.

India-China Relations: Towards a 'Shared Vision'

The recent visit of prime minister Manmohan Singh to China covered an entire gamut of issues. Interestingly, economic ties were the centrepiece of the visit, while the contentious issues were deliberately kept aside. The two countries upheld joint efforts in bringing about a new international political, economic and energy order.

India-China Relations

There is little doubt that India and China are moving on the path of normalisation of relations - albeit, not quite with fluidity and ease. At best they have acquired a fair degree of political comfort, at worst, they are merely conflict-free, though suspicion-prone.

Rectifying Relationships

If Wen Jiabao's visit to India last month was all about 'rectifying' past relationships, then would the rectification lead eventually to the relationship becoming completely in accordance with the label or would the changed terminology prove unable to accomplish results, because the language is not in accordance with actualities? India-China relations will have to engage with this fundamental paradox as they move towards the realisation of the ?strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity? that the two countries have agreed to work on.

India-China Relations

Wen Jiabao?s forthcoming visit to India comes during an extremely cordial phase of India-China relations, one that has seen a new buoyancy in several spheres, especially trade. While the visit acknowledges the changing global and regional dimensions of international diplomacy, both sides are now equally convinced of each other?s strategic concerns. This affords new hope to an amicable resolution of past disputes that have long mired in suspicious relations between the two nations.

India-China Relations

The series of talks by the two political representatives of India and China can be a new beginning and may provide a framework for an eventual settlement. It is important that we (and the Chinese) move away from the territorial imperative to the political imperative. It is only then that the solutions are likely to emerge. As European history has shown, such a move signifies, among other things, the rise of modernity in foreign policy and diplomacy. In our case that is no less important than 'resolving problems left over from history'.

Talking of and with China

The near-hyperbolic response to prime minister Vajpayee's visit to China shows how far removed the India-China relationship has been from normalcy. It would appear that we shall keep talking of China but not quite with it.

A Taibei Diary

In today's Taiwan one comes across a confident economic society. What is at stake is the Taiwanese polity, not because of any internal weaknesses but because the international situation has put a big question mark over its survival. There is a political discourse in Taiwan which is very close to cold war rhetoric. The counterpoint is still 'Communist China'. The logic of this situation is that the US will have an interventionist presence in the Taiwan Straits, which makes the future of the area, not just of Taiwan, far from easy to predict.


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