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Prof. Alka Acharya is Honorary Director of the ICS and Chairperson at the Centre for East Asian Studies, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has been teaching courses on Chinese Foreign Policy and Political Economy to the Masters and M.Phil students and guiding doctoral research since 1993. She is the joint editor of the book Crossing a Bridge of Dreams: 50 years of India-China and has contributed chapters to many books and journals. She has authored a book China & India: Politics of Incremental Engagement, published in 2008 and most recently edited a volume titled Boundaries and Borderlands: A Century after the 1914 Simla Convention (Routledge, New York 2023). She was nominated by the Indian government as a member of the India-China Eminent Persons Group (2006-2008) and member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India for two terms (2006-2008) and (2011-2012).

Jaishankar and Congress attack each other on China, what is the truth of China-India relations?
23 Feb 2023

मंगलवार को जयशंकर ने भारत की एक समाचार एजेंसी एएनआई से लंबी बातचीत की थी. उसमें चीन के मुद्दे पर उन्होंने खुलकर बात की.

Moscow and China-India Relations: Understanding the Complexities beyond Eurasia
23 Jan 2023

The trilateral grouping of Russia, India and China (RIC) has for long been one of the most significant frameworks bringing together three of Eurasia’s biggest economies.

Twentieth National Congress Of The Communist Party of China
02 Nov 2022

After the recently held Congress of the party, President Xi Jinping has, contrary to popular perception, has emerged more powerful, after winning the election a record third time

Strengthening the Party, Unifying the Leadership: A 20ᵗʰ Party Congress for the 21ˢᵗ Century in China
01 Nov 2022

The 20th Congress saw Xi Jinping placing the achievements of the past years and the tasks for the future as the foundational basis of his leadership, authority and prestige.

'A Xi Jinping Show' All the Way: India's Key Takeaways From the CPC Congress
27 Oct 2022

India’s on-and-off relationship with China is not just dictated by bilateral concerns, but also Beijing’s anxieties and rising sense of siege about the wider world.

A Historic Third Term for Xi Jinping
24 Oct 2022

അദ്ഭുതങ്ങളൊന്നും സംഭവിച്ചില്ല എന്ന അദ്ഭുതം മാത്രം ബാക്കിയാക്കിയാണ് ചൈനീസ് കമ്യൂണിസ്റ്റ് പാർട്ടിയുടെ

Boundaries and Borderlands: A Century after the 1914 Simla Convention
31 Jul 2022

The Simla Convention of 1914, held between Great Britain, China, and Tibet, demarcated the border between India and Tibet and gave birth to the McMahon Line. This volume critically examines the legacy of the 1914 Convention and explores its relevance in scholarly discourse about the status of Tibet and Sino-Indian relations more than a hundred years later.

The Fractured Himalaya: India, Tibet, China, 1949-1962
10 Feb 2022

The book says there were numerous warnings from the political, bureaucratic and military actors of that time, but they induced no rethink on China as nobody wanted to contradict Nehru

Chronicler With a Movie Camera
18 Oct 2021

A historian finds a box of old papers at home. She rummages through it and finds a diary she wrote some 64 years ago during a three-month visit to China in 1957.

How the Chinese Communist Party endures
01 Jul 2021

In large measure it is due to the party’s ability to sum up the lessons of history and change course quite drastically, if required

What does the future of India-China ties look like? 8 experts speak
16 Jun 2021

On 15 June 2020, India lost 20 soldiers at the Galwan river valley in Ladakh. While India and China have had several border standoffs since the 1962 India-China War, this was the first time, since 1975

Partijsko tijelo rugalo se masovnim lomačama umrlih od covida, pogledajte sramotnu objavu
05 May 2021

Mislim da kineska javnost nema kolektivni schadenfreude (zlurad) stav prema razornoj epidemiji u Indiji. Normalno je da neki glasno govore o stavu Indije prema Kini.

Official Chinese social media accounts forced to delete posts mocking India’s Covid-19 death toll
03 May 2021

An official Communist Party body and the public security ministry were hit by an online backlash for posts contrasting Chinese successes with mulitple pyres

New GoI Limitations On International Webinars: Not Just Freedom Of Speech, Even The Scientific/Academic Freedom At Stake!
26 Feb 2021

England was in height of civil war on 23rd November 1664. Famous writer John Milton was questioning the license Raj for printing books

How Centre’s webinar curbs will impair exchange of ideas, scientific freedom
23 Feb 2021

Academics say curbs on freedom using phrases such as ‘internal issues’ or ‘sensitive subjects’ mentioned in the government order

Education Ministry’s notification on virtual seminars unenforceable, say academics
21 Feb 2021

Permission required from MEA to hold them, and also for issues ‘related to India’s internal matters’

Quan hệ Trung-Ấn ở thời khắc khó khăn nhất: Nepal trở thành "sàn đấu" quyền lực mới của hai ông lớn
14 Dec 2020

Hai gã khổng lồ châu Á đã bế tắc về tình hình biên giới ở vùng Ladakh thuộc dãy Himalaya kể từ tháng 6 năm nay.

India-China relations at ‘most difficult phase in 30-40 years’
10 Dec 2020

The two Asian giants have been deadlocked over the border in the Himalayan region of Ladakh since June this year.

India-China Himalaya conflict: Does Beijing have an advantage after talks stall?
10 Nov 2020

The global world order is witnessing a substantial shift. Part of the greater tussle for strategic and geopolitical dominance is the military rivalry between the U.S. and China.

Opinion | India's Kalidas moment: Are we hacking at a branch of the economy?
26 Jun 2020

The anti-China sentiment should not completely blind us to the bargaining power that we could exploit to our possible advantage and get China to address our concerns.

The Silver Bullet’s Ricochet
17 Feb 2020

With China’s might and security concerns impinging on the prospects of Indian businesses, Dasgupta offers a primer on making the most of bilateral trade opportunities.

China at 70: A tale of achievements, riddled with paradoxes | Analysis
04 Oct 2019

China's transformation is miraculous. Its days of keeping a low profile are gone. But it confronts major challenges.

नज़रियाः भारत की परेशानी बढ़ी, चीन के साथ नजदीकी बढ़ा रहा है भूटान
26 Jul 2018

22-24 जुलाई के बीच चीन के उपविदेश मंत्री कौंग शुआनयू ने भूटान का तीन दिवसीय दौरा किया...

Neutral Star Over A Quarrel
14 May 2018

The goal of providing the ordinary Indian a clear, objective account of Sino-Indian ties succeeds. Yet, the lucid narrative is blighted by editorial neglect.

National Security Conversations, Ep. 01: India-China Informal Summit at Wuhan
30 Apr 2018

Happymon Jacob discusses the recently concluded 'informal' summit meeting between PM Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping with Alka Acharya.

Interviewed - Expert Gyan: Understanding the Purpose of the Wuhan India-China Summit
26 Apr 2018

The Wire spoke to eminent China scholars for their views on the upcoming 'informal' India-China summit in Wuhan.

Doklam standoff was a wake-up call for India, China
23 Apr 2018

With China not supporting India’s Nuclear Suppliers Group membership, blocking UN designation of Azhar Masood and an aggressive Belt and Road Initiative, India too refused to backtrack and hostilities only deepened.

Dalai Lama Snub and India's Plans to Reset China Ties
08 Mar 2018

'If, as appears to be the case, India is on way to 'mending fences' with China, and China is equally desirous to 'reset' the relationship, this could be a self-reflexive moment ...

Quoted - With Old China Hand Vijay Gokhale as Foreign Secretary, Is India Changing Its Tibet Policy?
07 Mar 2018

The Tibetan government-in-exile shifted a high-profile event commemorating Dalai Lama’s 60 years of exile as an effort to bringing peace to relations between India and China.

Quoted - As Dalai Lama Event is Shifted From Delhi, Modi’s New Line on Tibet Remains a Puzzle
06 Mar 2018

The MEA says India’s position on the Dalai Lama is the same but the fact that a circular was issued advising officials to keep their distance suggests a change had occurred which is now being corrected.

Quoted - After govt’s Red Card, Tibetans shift Dalai Lama Event from Delhi to Dharamshala
06 Mar 2018

The Tibetan government-in-exile has shifted a high-profile event planned to commemorate Dalai Lama’s 60th year in exile. The event will now happen in Dharamshala, not Delhi

Quoted - Decoding the Puzzle of the Indian Govt Circular Distancing Itself From Dalai Lama Event
04 Mar 2018

Decoding the Puzzle of the Indian Govt Circular Distancing Itself From Dalai Lama Event

TalkPoint: What does The Rise of Xi Jinping Mean for India?
27 Feb 2018

Whether it is Xi Jinping or anyone else, Beijing’s approach to India will remain similar

How India Must Deal with the All-powerful Xi Jinping
27 Feb 2018

The boundary dispute notwithstanding, China has always had leaders who have been, on the whole, positively disposed towards India.

Looking at the Big Picture in India-China Relations
28 Nov 2017

This short essay is a big picture effort to understand the contentions and collusions that characterise the India-China relationship in the current period.

Border stand off with China can be resolved by diplomacy
07 Jul 2017

Neither side is backing down but leaders of two nations might have chance to discuss the dispute at G20 meeting

China's Xi JinPing and India's Narendra Modi meet on G20 sidelines...
07 Jul 2017

Leaders discuss ‘a range of issues’ but it’s unclear whether military stand-off on contested part of the border was raised

कितनी दूर जाएगी चीन की यह चाल
06 Jul 2017

शीर्ष स्तर की राजनीतिक यात्राओं के पहले या फिर उनके दौरान सरहद पर होने वाली ‘झड़पों’, ‘घुसपैठों’ और ‘घटनाओं’ को जोड़कर यदि देखें, तो यह...

Six Expert Views on How India Should Look at the Latest Border Stand-Off With China
05 Jul 2017

The Wire spoke to experts about whether a major border incident between the two countries was expected and how India should deal with the situation since it involves ally Bhutan.

India Must First Identify What Kind of a 'Power' China is
03 Jul 2017

China is certainly apprehensive about the kind of understanding that the US and India might be working towards...

Economy Over Prickly Politics
15 May 2017

On the economic front, positively engaging with China is vital

The two Big Asian Powers have no option but to talk
13 Aug 2016

Chinese expert and Director of The Institute of Chinese Studies in India Professor Alka Acharya revisits Indo-China relations as the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits India.

Diplomatically Speaking
01 Feb 2016

Diplomatically Speaking

नरेंद्र मोदी के पहले साल में भारत की चीन-नीति का आँकलन
28 Sep 2015

मौजूदा दौर भारत एवं चीन दोनों के लिए रणनीतिक अवसर का समय है - विकास और आधुनिकरण को प्राथमिकता प्रदान करना दोनों की ज़रूरत है।

India’s World
29 Jul 2015

Japan China maritime dispute in focus again

Macros With Mythili
03 Jul 2015

Chinese Economy Slows Down, Markets Crash

The Big Picture
22 May 2015

One year of NDA Govt: Foreign Policy Initiatives

रिश्तों को मिला नया फलक
15 May 2015

प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी की पड़ोसी देश चीन की यात्रा को समग्रता से लेने के पहले उनके कार्यक्रमों और उनसे निकले परिणामों को देखना जरूरी है

India, China Ink Record 24 Agreements
15 May 2015

India and China on Friday signed a record 24 agreements worth $10 billion in Beijing in the presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

PM Modi holds Talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
15 May 2015

PM Narendra Modi on Friday met Chinese premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing during his visit to the country

Made in China Dosti-Tikaaoo Kitni?
14 May 2015

India TV

Cheen mein Make in India
14 May 2015

News Nation

The State, Market and the Social Sector: Equity Issues in Health and Education in China and India
01 Jun 2014

With Prof. Rama Baru (CSMCH, School Of Social Sciences, JNU) and Prof. Geetha Nambissan (ZHCES, School of Social Sciences, JNU) under the auspices of the Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi

Planning Process of China
01 Jun 2013

Project Director, awarded by the Planning Commission to the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, June-August 2013. Project submitted on 1st September 2013

The 9th Russia-India-China academic Trilateral Conference, New Delhi, 7-9 December, held in New Delhi: A Report
01 Feb 2010

Co-authored with Peter Joy Hudson, in the China Report, Vol. 46, No.1, 2010, pages 37-59


Areas of interest

India-China-Russia Trilateral Cooperation and the Chinese strategic response to the post-cold war regional architecture, with special reference to China’s neighborhood.


Current Positions

    • Honorary Director, Institute of Chinese Studies
    • Professor, Chinese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies, SIS, JNU
    • Member, Editorial Board, China Report (New Delhi) Since January 2015

Past Positions

    • Editor, China Report (New Delhi) 2007-2014
    • Member, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India, January 2011- January 2013
    • Chairperson, Centre for East Asian Studies, SIS, JNU, 1st  February 2006-31st January 2008
    • Honorary Director, Institute of  Chinese Studies,2012-2017


    • PhD. Centre for East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    • MA. International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

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