Special theme: China in Maritime Domain
Date: 12-14 December 2017
The All India Conference of China Studies (AICCS) is the flagship event of the ICS, convened annually every December, with the principal objective of spreading interest in and strengthening research on China and East Asian Studies in India. Each conference has a special theme and this year’s 10th AICCS at Goa will focus on “China in the Maritime Domain”. The conference will through this theme focus specifically on the commercial, security and diplomatic aspects of China’s engagement regionally as well as globally and seek to draw out political, economic and security implications and trends in Chinese foreign and security policies.
Under its 21st Century Maritime Silk Road project that is part of its ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative – also known as the ‘one belt, one road’ initiative – China has engaged around the world in multiple projects in the field of infrastructure development and commercial activity underway together with increasingly close military and diplomatic interactions involving the PLA Navy. Goa with its location on the coast of India and its own extensive maritime history as well as naval facilities and institutions is an ideal location to analyze the developments and patterns of Chinese maritime activity and to explicate what these say about China’s maritime strategy and ambitions regionally and globally.
The AICCS will also address themes related to China and East Asia besides those related to the maritime domain and promotes active networking among scholars and raises awareness about the research and study on China in India. This is the motivation in holding the ACICCS every year in collaboration with an academic institution/university outside Delhi, ideally – but not necessarily -where research and teaching in China Studies are conducted.
Nine conferences have been held so far - Delhi (2006 and 2009), Jadhavpur University (2010), Central University of Hyderabad, (2011) Shantiniketan (2012), IIM-Kozhikode (2013), Benaras Hindu University (2014), Sikkim University (2015) and University of Mumbai (2016). The AICCS has been steadily gaining in popularity and is an eagerly awaited annual event for the young China scholars of the country.
Another notable feature of the AICCS is the Mira Sinha-Bhattacharjea Award – instituted in the memory of one of the finest China scholars of India, a founding member of the ICS and its former Director - for the best original paper at the AICCS. The selection is made by a group of senior scholars, based on methodology, argument, and presentation.
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