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Jabin T Jacob

Jabin T. Jacob is Fellow (Associate Professor) at the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), Delhi and was previously Assistant Director of the Institute from 2011 to 2016. He holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and spent two years as a Chinese language student in Taiwan. He has been Hermès Fellow at Sciences Po, Bordeaux (2009-10), Visiting Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2012) and a visiting faculty at University of Bordeaux IV, France (2012).

Jacob’s current research interests include China-South Asia relations, China’s ‘one belt, one road’ initiative, Indian and Chinese foreign policies in their near neighbourhood, Sino-Indian border areas, and centre-province relations in China. At the ICS, he is associated with the BCIM Forum (formerly the Kunming Initiative) supported by the governments of Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar and has helped create new initiatives such as the ICS Border Studies Programme and the ICS Scholar-in-Residence Programme. As part of his research, he has traveled in many of India’s border states and visited parts of the country’s disputed borders with China and Pakistan as well as the international borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Jacob is co-editor of two books – India’s Foreign Policy: Old Problems, New Challenges (2011) and Military Confidence-Building and India-China Relations: Fighting Distrust (2013). He writes regularly for Indian media on Chinese foreign policy and India-China relations and is alsoAssociate Editor of the ICS journal, China Report and is currently co-editing a volume on Indian and Vietnamese perspectives on China.

India-Taiwan Relations: Constrained or Self-Constraining?
01 Aug 2016

in Jagannath P. Panda(ed.), India-Taiwan Relations in Asia and Beyond: The Future (New Delhi: Pentagon Press,2016)

Role of Major Powers in the Indo-Pacific Region
21 Jul 2016

In Gurpreet S Khurana and Antara Ghosal Singh (eds). India and China: Constructing A Peaceful Order in the Indo-Pacific (New Delhi: National Maritime Foundation, 2016)

China’s Provinces and Foreign Policy: Lessons and Implications for India and its States
01 Jun 2016

In Subir Bhaumik (ed.), Agartala Doctrine: A Proactive Northeast in India Foreign Policy (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016)

China and Myanmar’s 2015 Elections: plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
01 Apr 2016

In Amrita Dey (ed.). Myanmar: Moving Towards Elections 2015 (Kolkata: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, 2016)

What Economic Slowdown? Asia Looks at China
01 Apr 2016

Asia Policy Brief, Bertelsmann Foundation

Taiwan’s 2016 Elections: Out with the Old Status Quo, In with the New Status Quo
01 Feb 2016

ICS Analysis, No. 38

India and China’s “One Belt, One Road” Initiative
01 Jan 2016

Nação e Defesa (Nation and Defense,Instituto da Defesa Nacional, Lisboa, Portugal), No. 142, 2016, pp. 56-71

Thinking East Asia, Acting Local: Constraints, Challenges, and Contradictions in Indian Public Diplomacy
01 Aug 2015

In Jan Melissen and Yul Sohn (eds), Understanding Public Diplomacy in East Asia: Middle Powers in a Turbulent Region (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

China’s “moral code”
01 Jul 2015

The Hindu

Arunachal Pradesh in the Sino-Indian Boundary Dispute: Constant Claims, Changing Politics
01 Jun 2015

In Gurudas Das and C. Joshua Thomas (eds), Voices from the Border: Response to the Chinese Claim over Arunachal Pradesh (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2015)

China’s New Silk Road Diplomacy
17 May 2015

Organiser,Vol. 66, No. 46

Interpreting Modispeak on China
14 May 2015

The Hindu

China-Sri Lanka Ties Post-Rajapaksa: Major Changes Unlikely
01 Apr 2015

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s loss in the Sri Lankan presidential elections in January 2015, raises a number of questions in the context of China’s role and influence in the country. How relevant now are the statements on China that the winner,

Modi‟s visit to Sri Lanka
15 Mar 2015

Asia Today, CCTV English, 15 March 2015

Pothole potential on China's silk roads’,
13 Mar 2015

Asia Times Online

28 Feb 2015

中国访谈 (China Talk), 28 February 2015

Democracy Protests in Hong Kong
06 Oct 2014

Rajya Sabha TV, India‟s World, Rajya Sabha TV, 6 October 2014.

新闻述评:莫迪未提海上丝路因有利益考量 (India and the Maritime Silk Road)
23 Sep 2014

Phoenix TV, (India and the Maritime Silk Road), Hong Kong, 23 September 2014

Chinese President‟s Visit to India
18 Sep 2014

CCTV-English, Asia Today, 18 September 2014.

China‟s Interests in Afghanistan
02 Jul 2014

Rajya Sabha TV, India‟s World, 2 November 2014.

Friend, Foe or Competitor? Mapping the Indian Discourse on China
01 Jun 2014

In Happymon Jacob (ed.), Does India Think Strategically? India’s Strategic Culture and Foreign Policy (New Delhi: Manohar, 2014), 245-288

Modi and China
25 May 2014

CCTV-English, World Insight, 25 May 2014

China's New Silk Routes
23 Feb 2014

Rajya Sabha TV, India‟s World, Rajya Sabha TV, 23 February 2014.

Military Calendars
05 Jan 2014

Military Calendars, War and Peace, DD News, 5 January 2014

Centre-Province Relations in China: Ebbs and Flows
01 Jun 2013

In C. V. Ranganathan and Sanjeev Kumar (eds), The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China: A Major Turning Point for China (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2013), 117-131

China in Southeast Asia: The Search for a Chinese Model of International Relations
01 Aug 2012

Special Issue: China and Southeast Asia, China Report (New Delhi, India), Vol. 48, No. 3, August 2012, pp. 317-326

美国 ‘转向’ 亚洲: 对印度外交和安全政策的影响
01 Jun 2012

„The US ‘Pivot’ to Asia: Impact on Indian Foreign and Security Policies‟), China International Strategy Review 2012, Centre for International Strategic Studies (Peking University, PRC), June 2012, pp. 62-72

Stephanie Roemer, The Tibetan Government-in-Exile: Politics at Large (New Delhi: Routledge, 2008)
03 Mar 2012

The Book Review, Vol. XXXVI No. 3, March 2012, 19-20

Pakistan: From the Rhetoric of Democracy to the Rise of Militancy (London, New York and Delhi: Routledge, 2011)
31 Aug 2011

The Book Review, Vol. XXXV, No. 8-9, August-September 2011, 50-51

The Sino-Indian Boundary Dispute: Sub-National Units as Ice-Breakers
01 Jun 2011

Eurasia Border Review (Hokkaido University, Japan), Vol. 2, No. 1, Summer 2011, pp. 35-45

China’s Defence White Papers: A Political Reading
01 Jun 2011

In Gurmeet Kanwal and Dhruv C. Katoch (eds) China's Defence Policy: Indian Perspective (New Delhi: Lancer Publishers, 2011), pp. 33-42

India’s Foreign Policy: Old Problems, New Challenges
01 Jun 2011

Co-editor with D. Suba Chandran

For a New Kind of ‘Forward Policy’: Tibet and Sino-Indian Relations‟
01 May 2011

Special Issue: Revisiting the China-India Border Dispute, China Report, Vol. 47, No. 2, May 2011, pp. 135-148

Rising powers and the future of democracy promotion: the case of Brazil and India
01 Oct 2010

Portuguese Journal of International Affairs (Lisbon), No. 4, Autumn/Winter 2010, pp. 23-30

China-Pakistan Relations: Reinterpreting the Nexus
01 Aug 2010

Special Issue: China and South Asia, China Report, Vol. 46, No. 3, August 2010, pp. 216-228

India’s Disaster Relief Diplomacy
01 Jun 2009

Indian Foreign Affairs Journal (New Delhi), Vol. 4, No. 2, April-June 2009, pp. 63-80

Manmohan Singh’s Visit to China: New Challenges Ahead
01 Mar 2008

China Report, Vol. 44, No. 1, January-March 2008, pp. 63-70

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway and Nathu La – Challenge and Opportunity for India
01 Jan 2007

China Report (New Delhi), Vol. 43, No. 1, January 2007, pp. 83-87

European Integration and Lessons for China
01 Dec 2006

Asia Europe Journal (Heidelberg, Germany), Vol. 4, No. 4, December 2006, pp. 511-21

Direct Flights Take Off: Cross-Straits Relations Remain Grounded
01 Jun 2005

China Report, Vol. 41, No. 2, April-June 2005, pp. 331-39

China’s Position on Iraq vis-à-vis UNSCR 1441
01 Sep 2003

China Report, Vol. 39, No. 3, July-September 2003, pp. 407-15



Areas of interest

Areas of interest: Sino-Indian and China-South Asia relations; Sino-Indian border areas; sub-national issues and influences in Chinese and Indian foreign policies; Chinese and Indian worldviews


Current Positions
    • Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies
    • Associate Editor, China Report
Past Positions
    • Visiting Research Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    • Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi
    • Hermès Post-Doctoral Fellow, SPIRIT, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux, France
    • Ph.D. in Chinese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    • M.A. in Politics and International Relations, Pondicherry Central University, Pondicherry, India

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