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Dr. Hemant Adlakha is Vice-Chairperson and Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, and Associate Professor at the Centre for Chinese and South East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Dr. Adlakha’s areas of research include political and foreign policy discourse in the PRC and modern Chinese Literature and Culture. He is a member of the International Editorial Committee, International Society for Lu Xun Studies, Seoul, Republic of Korea. His articles have appeared in China Report, The Diplomat, Japan Times, Encyclopaedia of Race and Racism 2nd Edition, The Washington Post etc. His co-translation of Lu Xun’s prose poetry collection from Chinese into Hindi was published by the NBT in November 2019.

CPC’s 20th National Congress, ‘Socialism with Chinese Characteristics’, and Xi Jinping’s Third Term
25 Oct 2023

An added significance about the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) last fall was that the year 2022 was the 40th anniversary of the theoretical phrase “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” (SCC).

Bipartisan Political Brinkmanship Leaves U.S. Debt Crisis on Ventilator for Two Years Experts say it’s “Advantage our Enemies”
06 Jul 2023

Reports are filtering in that US Congress has suspended the debt ceiling bill to 1 January 2025. The ink has not even dried on the bipartisan “tentative” deal to raise debt-ceiling

As G7 Leaders Want Beijing to Abide by “International Rules”, China Wants West to Abandon G7
22 May 2023

The content of the Hiroshima G7 summit (May 19-23) of leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized countries has attracted much global media attention for its main focus

China's Quest for Huayuquan
08 May 2023

In 2013, President Xi Jinping noted, "Western media control global public opinion" that furthers a "pessimistic" narrative against China with the global public opinion being

Ghost of Kong Yiji Returns to Haunt China After 100 Years: Who he is and Why he is Back
11 Apr 2023

As the curtain drew on this year’s “two sessions,” the Chinese state media was busy accusing the country’s millions of unemployed university graduates of being “picky” and not giving up their “Kong Yiji long gown.

U.S. Is Threatening to Default China Debt Repayment, What Will Beijing Do?
28 Mar 2023

Financial experts say the ramifications of the continuing US-China political rivalry are now increasingly being manifested in arenas other than geopolitics – in the speeding up of the Renminbi’s exit from the dollar.

As US-China tug of war intensifies, why the clock is ticking for TikTok in America
24 Mar 2023

With nearly half of America’s population and two-thirds of American teens using the Chinese app every month, the US administration is determined

Ma Ying-jeou’s Trip to China Sparks Pushback – From Taiwanese and Chinese Alike
23 Mar 2023

Ma Ying-jeou made history when he met with Xi Jinping on November 7, 2015, in Singapore. This was the first face-to-face meeting between presidents of the Republic of China and People’s Republic of China

Xi Jinping’s 24-character slogan: What is it, what does it say about China’s foreign policy?
15 Mar 2023

China’s President Xi Jinping last week unveiled a 24-character slogan which could become the new guiding principle for Chinese foreign policy.

10 Reasons Xi won’t attack Taiwan anytime soon
20 Jan 2023

When General Secretary Xi Jinping reiterated that China will “not renounce the use of force” to unify Taiwan with the People’s Republic of China at the 20th Party Congress in October 2022

Washington Gears up to take on China, Russia, and Iran at the same time
17 Jan 2023

These are dangerous times in US-China relations. Since taking the oath, President Biden has been firmly holding on to the idea of not letting “China surpass the US” as the global leader. China, as Xi Jinping

India Lacks Sufficient Understanding of China and its Intentions
04 Jan 2023

NEW DELHI: It seems there's something wrong with India's understanding of China, even among top diplomats. That's the view of Hemant Adlakha, professor of Chinese at JNU who answered questions on the The Gist programme.

China’s Zero-COVID U-Turn Lands the Country in Chaos: 'Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t!
03 Jan 2023

Since Chinese authorities have stopped releasing pandemic-related official data, Beijing-based Chinese language news portals have estimated 500 million Chinese people

China, the US, and a Tale of 2 Professors
23 Dec 2022

The drastic deterioration of China-U.S. relations in recent years has led to unprecedented cynicism, fear, and disappointment among students, researchers, and scholars on both sides of the Pacific. In America

The Tawang Clash: Chinese Media, Scholars say it is an “advantage to Beijing” both on the ground and in the propaganda war
23 Dec 2022

The Chinese PLA incursion on the Tawang border on December 9, as expected, has resulted in a tsunami of media commentaries and scholarly analyses in India. However, what is disappointing is

The Tawang Clash: The View from China
17 Dec 2022

In response to questions asked at the regular press briefing about the scuffle between Chinese and Indian forces at Tawang on December 9, the Chinese Foreign Ministry

Crisis and Anger: Reading China’s ‘Zero-Covid’ and anti-Xi Jinping Protest
01 Dec 2022

On the night of November 26, a sizable crowd gathered to observe an all-night candlelight vigil on Shanghai’s Urumqi Middle Road

Rising Dragon: How Will India Deal with a Resurgent China
19 Oct 2022

As Xi Jinping has virtually secured an unprecedented 3rd term as China’s President, how can India deal with a rising, belligerent, and uncompromising neighbour?

Russia-Ukraine War: China Weighs what Benefits Beijing the Most
11 Oct 2022

A series of recent Ukrainian counteroffensive successes – the Kerch Strait Bridge blast being the latest, have inflicted significant losses on the Russian forces, yet Ukraine wants an early end to the ongoing war.

War in Ukraine and the New Delhi-Beijing Shadow Boxing
08 Oct 2022

India and China have separately frustrated and angered many in the West by refusing to condemn Russia’s military action on February 24. The two BRICS member countries

Russia-Ukraine Crisis: China’s Leaders look for ‘Opportunity’ amid Ukraine War
28 Apr 2022

Myths are an essential part of all forms of human narrative. Myth-making, likewise, is central to all academic disciplines. Diplomacy or foreign policy as a field of study is no exception.

BRI and the ‘Indo-Pacific Strategy: Geopolitical vs. Geostrategic
21 Apr 2022

It is widely known across the US “think tank-land” and in the strategic affairs community that the US initiative to tighten the noose around China was first initiated under the Bush administration just months before

Japan-US-Korea Alliance: Beijing fears New Security Architecture in East Asia
02 Apr 2022

South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol shares three common things with Japan’s recently elected PM Fumio Kishida – conservative leaning, hostility towards North Korea, and hate-China outlook.

War in Ukraine: Public Diplomacy ‘Argy-Bargy’ in Public, on China’s Weibo
24 Mar 2022

Leaders from around the world have found a new social media platform in their political battlefield over the war in Ukraine

NATO and Ukraine War Crisis: Time to Write NATO Obituary(海孟德•阿德拉卡:早就该给北约写讣告了)
22 Mar 2022

Thirty years ago, there were many voices from the United States and Western Europe questioning that since the Cold War was over, NATO would not come to an end with it.

Russian war on Ukraine is strafing China’s BRI
17 Mar 2022

The new Biden administration, it is believed, inherited as Trumpian legacy twin China-specific policies of bipartisan consensus among the US political elite, among other things

Ukraine War crisis and Geopolitics
10 Mar 2022

An explicitly anti-communist alliance created at the dawn of the Cold War, NATO evolved into the most ferociously powerful military alliance in world history. The Warsaw Pact was created in 1955

Russian War on Ukraine: When will Xi say to Putin: Hey, you are on your own this
04 Mar 2022

In politics, as in diplomacy, a leader is perceived as extraordinary if s/he is good at calculating risks. Speaking particularly of the rise of Xi Jinping as the top leader

Why China has no choice but to challenge the US’s grand strategy
24 Feb 2022

While some China observers believe that China has sought to displace America from the regional and global order and possesses a grand strategy in the military, political and economic realms

Ambitious China gears up to flex power in the conflict-riven Horn of Africa
01 Feb 2022

With the announcement to appoint a special envoy to the Horn of Africa, China has entered the “Scramble for Africa.” The stated objective of China’s ambitious political move is to foster peace

Can Xi Jinping ride the tiger year with success?
20 Jan 2022

It is well known that the tiger occupies a unique position in traditional Chinese mythology. Of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals, tigers are known to have potent personalities.

Women in China: “Baby Makers” and “Bed Warmers”?
18 Nov 2021

From the country’s Marriage Law – the very first legislation passed in the 1950s in New China – to the long-awaited Civil Code passed last year, gender equality and the freedom to marry or not to marry

Is Biden a Cold War Warrior? A Typical US Politician? Or Both? Or None?
29 Oct 2021

In less than one year as president, Joe Biden already enjoys a unique distinction of two outstanding achievements: first, thanks to his Afghanistan folly, he is the first US president

China Working 24x7 to Establish China-Pakistan-The Taliban “Troika” in Afghanistan to Make India “Inconsequential”
10 Oct 2021

As China gears up for “seizing the golden opportunity” in Afghanistan under the Taliban, a key component of Beijing’s Afghan strategy is to render the Indian role

Beijing Thinks India is the ‘Weakling’ in Quad
18 Aug 2021

“Quad” was first laughed at in Beijing as a “beggar’s club,” then denounced as Cold War mindset. Analysts globally, especially in Beijing, have been describing India

A likely Xi-Biden Sit down in Rome: G20 aka G2?
18 Jul 2021

In recent weeks, two of Biden’s top foreign policy “troika” have publicly stated, with Biden-Putin summit in the rearview the President

Taiwan: The First and Oldest ‘Thorn’ between China and the West
12 Jul 2021

Over three hundred and fifty years ago, when the West lost its first war with China over Taiwan, the technological level between the two sides was fairly even.

As ‘Ping Pong’ Diplomacy completes fifty years, ‘Diplomacy’ is missing in the US-China ties
01 Jul 2021

During the past two hundred years, relations between China and the US/West have mostly been troubled and far from being smooth.

Of Prejudice and Victimhood
18 May 2021

Many in China believe since the novel coronavirus outbreak, mainstream Western opinion has been on the opposite side of China.

Kissinger Again Warns US, China Heading for Armageddon-like Clash
05 May 2021

In January 2015, the peace group CODEPINK dangled a pair of handcuffs in front of the then 91-year old former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at a Senate hearing.

Nicholas Burns for China Envoy: Is Biden Sending Wrong Signals to Beijing?
26 Apr 2021

“The US ambassador to Beijing must be someone who can show to the world the importance of the Unites States’ relationship with the Peoples’ Republic of China,”

Kerry’s China Visit: ‘A Weasel Paying a New Year Call to a Chicken’
19 Apr 2021

A section in the international press claims the US climate envoy John Kerry’s mid-week Shanghai visit was aimed at the White House “wooing Beijing” before the upcoming Earth Summit on April 22.

Why Biden’s “America is Back” for Beijing is “Cold War is Back”
20 Mar 2021

While campaigning for the US presidential election Joe Biden referred to China’s top leader Xi Jinping as a “thug.”

US, China Officials to fly down all the way to Anchorage, to disagree
15 Mar 2021

As the US warns China to brace for “difficult” issues when they meet in Anchorage on Thursday, Beijing has reiterated the US must give up the anti-China Cold War mentality.

Why is India’s MEA Silent on China’s Dam Project Near Arunachal?
15 Mar 2021

“…as the recent clashes on the Sino-Indian border have made clear, India needs to assess how China might ‘weaponise’ its advantage over those countries downstream.

‘Biden’s First Foreign Policy Address to the World’: Nothing ‘Lost in Translation’,
15 Feb 2021

Obama’s “pivot” and Trump’s “trade war” defined the US (anti-)China policy.

With RCEP Complete, China Eyes CPTPP
01 Dec 2020

Is President Xi Jinping’s statement desire to join the CPTPP a signal of reconciliation to the new Biden administration or a bid to advance China’s regional dominance?

India-China Cultural Relations Thrive in the Time of Border Conflict’
21 Nov 2020

It was a virtual ceremony of a different kind in Puducherry in the southern part of India, on October 26 this year.

Did China Join COVAX to Counter or Promote Vaccine Nationalism?
23 Oct 2020

On October 9, China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying announced that China has formally joined COVAX.

Featuring "Hemant Adlakha", CNBC TV18
02 Sep 2020

Indian troops successfully thwart China’s attempts to seize control of Southern Bank of Pangong Tso. With military talks making little headway, what is the way forward? @Parikshitl talks to experts.

Chinese Experts Think US-China Rivalry Accelerated Shinzo Abe’s Departure
02 Sep 2020

Experts in Beijing believe Abe got caught up in the unending hostility between Japan’s key ally, the U.S. and China, its largest trading partner — just like in 2007

কোপ ম্যান্ডারিনে, প্রশ্নে শিক্ষানীতি
02 Aug 2020

যেন ‘সোনার কেল্লায়’ মুকুলকে বলা সেই বিখ্যাত সংলাপ: ‘ভ্যানিশ!’

National Education Policy 2020 | Mandarin dropped from language list
01 Aug 2020

The National Education Policy (NEP) has dropped Mandarin or ‘Chinese’ from its list of examples of foreign languages that can be taught in schools.

The Chinese View: China’s Long Range Missiles not Threatened by Indian Air Defence Systems
06 Jul 2020

The article is presenting what the Chinese are writings in their Media

The Chinese View
01 Jul 2020

The article is presenting what the Chinese are writings in their Media.

Pompeo Defies Covid-19 and Visits Jerusalem with ‘Mission China’ Agenda
26 Jun 2020

Less than three years ago, China and Israel marked 25 years of their bilateral diplomatic relations. While Beijing celebrated the occasion also to show to the world China’s ability to implement a more balanced and pragmatic Middle East foreign policy; Jerusalem was exuberant in its successfully walking..

COVID-19, China and Anatomy of Fang Fang Phenomenon
02 May 2020

In modern China, even under Mao’s communist era, literature has been regarded as an instrument of political dissent. Two major approaches are required to seriously reflect on how to understand the anatomy of the Fang Fang Phenomenon: one is to view it in the historical context of New

China Is Starting to See India as a Major Threat
11 Jan 2018

More and more, scholars in China see India replacing Japan as the second biggest threat to Beijing, following the U.S.

China’s North Korea Debate
25 Mar 2017

There are three broad camps on how to deal with an increasingly unruly Pyongyang.


Areas of interest

Political Culture and Civil Society discourse in China, State and Society in Chinese Political Theory, Political and Economic History of Modern China.


Current Positions

    • Chair & Assoc. Professor, Centre for Chinese and South East Asian Studies, JNU
    • Vice chairperson and Honorary Fellow, ICS


Past Positions

    • Lecturer, Viswa-Bharati University, West Bengal


    • PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    • MA, Chinese, JNU

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