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India and China - Duo incommoda vicinorum (Two uncomfortable neighbours)

09 Sep 2020
Dr. Raviprasad Narayanan
Venue: Zoom Webinar
Time: 3:00 PM

Abstract

The Galwan vally fracas between India and China poses many conundrums to the bilateral relationship. This latest potential escalatory instance reveals, rather bluntly, China, expressing through force effectus primatum tenens (effect of primacy holding) in a geographically strategic sphere. China’s ‘adventurism’ on the LAC with India coincides with aggressive intent witnessed in the South China Sea to disregard regional multilateral institutions (ASEAN) and international covenants like the UNCLOS. When the two largest countries of Asia squabble, it leads to many interpretations with respective statist views dominating and other views considered irrelevant. The Galwan vally clash ought to be seen as multi-layered introspection being made by China, bilateral covenants and international law being anomalies to a country wanting to script an entirely new paradigm supplanting existing norms and relative order. This talk strives to decipher existing and newer anomalies in the India-China bilateral.


About the Speaker

Raviprasad Narayanan has been with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) since October 2015. His teaching and research interests focus on China, its foreign policy, economic reforms and pedagogies explaining China. International Relations and theories explaining state behavior motivate his research and publications. At JNU, he has been teaching three courses - Research Methods in International Relations, Strategies of Economic Development in China, and The State in Modern China. He was earlier Associate Research Fellow / Associate Professor with the Institute of International Relations (IIR), National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taipei, Taiwan from 2009 to 2015. Before IIR/NCCU, he was with the Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi from 2003 to 2009. His cv can be accessed at https://www.jnu.ac.in/Faculty/raviprasad/cv.pdf

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