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Srikanth Kondapalli is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chinese Studies and Professor in Chinese Studies at School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is currently Chairperson of Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Research Associate at Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He served at Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi for nearly 12 years. He is educated in Chinese studies in India and China with a specialisation in Modern Chinese History in Master of Arts at Osmania University at Hyderabad, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy in 1989 and 1995 respectively in Chinese Studies Division of School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He learnt Chinese language at Beijing Language & Culture University and was a post-Doctoral Visiting Fellow at People's University, Beijing from 1996-98. He was a Visiting Professor at National Chengchi University, Taipei in 2004 and a Visiting Fellow at China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, Beijing in May 2007.

He has published several books, monographs, co-edited and several articles in edited books and in national and international journals and newspapers. He has presented several research papers at national and international conferences and lectured at Indian academic, defence, and media establishments. He is a guest faculty member at National Defence College, College of Naval Warfare, Army War College, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Academy and Border Security Force Academy.


Indo-Pacific Economic Framework: Advantages for India
05 Jun 2022

In a major development last week, the United States President Joseph R Biden announced the formation of a 13-member Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) a day before the Quad

A ‘Soft Position’ by the UN on China’s Uighur Camps
01 Jun 2022

The Uighur internment camps with an estimated 1 million incarcerated minorities in Xinjiang in China continue to prick the global conscience. The issue is snowballing into allegations of genocide

A positive, practical QUAD Tokyo Summit
26 May 2022

The fourth meeting of the Quad leaders and their second in person meeting in the last one year was termed aptly as “positive and practical”. The Tokyo meeting of the United States

How Quad Tokyo outcome was both positive and practical, though it makes no mention of China
25 May 2022

This round of the Quad meeting will go down in history for its norm-building exercise, democratisation process, ushering in rule-based order, inclusivity, and harmonisation of interests and objectives

India, China relations threaten to freeze over
25 May 2022

The invasion of Ukraine has upended world geopolitics, disrupting the already fragile relationship between India and China. As Ukrainians resist the Russian invasion, a renewed cold war is heating up

The Deep Freeze between India & China
25 May 2022

The invasion of Ukraine has upended world geopolitics, disrupting the already fragile relationship between India and China. As Ukrainians resist the Russian invasion, a renewed cold war is heating up between Russia

Wang Yi hurt India-China ties
12 Apr 2022

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s unheralded visit to India on March 25, amidst the continuing stalemate in Russia’s war on Ukraine and the continuing India-China stand-off in Ladakh

China in quandary as India’s tough response at border torpedoes its plan
12 Jan 2022

The past couple of years have been exceptional years in Indian journey – with pounding pressure from an assertive China.

India needs to shed its defensive policies and proactively counter China
06 Jan 2022

Barring a remote possibility of resuming active military hostilities in the border areas, India’s relations with China are headed towards continued

China has taken the arms race to a different level
04 Dec 2021

China recently demonstrated an “assassin’s mace” weapon that has the US and Russia worried, for different reasons. For the US, China’s flight test of a manoeuvrable hypersonic glide

Amid signs of Cold War 2.0, China ups ante to be recognised as world’s pre-eminent power
01 Dec 2021

The seemingly uneventful Joe Biden-Xi Jinping meeting last fortnight exposed the two diametrically opposite positions, raising concerns on increasing destabilising portends

At CoP26, China’s cop-out on Xi’s ‘driver’s seat’ ambition
07 Nov 2021

At the ongoing CoP26 at Glasgow to discuss reduction in carbon emissions, much attention is on China as the largest polluter in the world since the last decade

7 guiding stones for Modi on the China issue; here’s what the policy should be over the next 5 years
29 May 2019

After three decades of strategic dependence on the US, Beijing is increasingly asserting itself as the “leader” with disastrous consequences.

US steps-up counter-China measures with the Asia Resurgence Initiative Act
03 Jan 2019

The Asia Resurgence Initiative Act (ARIA) phenomenon is not new.


Areas of interest

Defence and PLA


Current Positions

    • Professor, Chinese Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    • Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi
    • Guest Faculty, National Defence College

Past Positions

    • Honorary Professor at School of International Studies & Public Administration, Shandong University, Jinan, China
    • Visiting Professor: Teaching aspects of Chinese Politics at College of International Affairs, National Chengchi University
    • Research Officer, Institute of Defence Studies & Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi


    • PhD. Chinese Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    • MA. History, Osmania University, Hyderabad

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