Dear Friend,

The Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) continued its multi-faceted engagements on China and East Asia during the month of August as outlined below.


The ICS co-organized two special events in the month. A two-day conference on Rethinking Cultural Heritage: Indo-Japan Dialogue in a Globalizing World Order was heldon 16-17 August at India International Centre (IIC) in collaboration with the IIC, New Delhi. Curated by Prof. Himanshu Prabha Ray, this conference included presentations by Indian, Japanese and European scholarsfocusing on India-Japan cultural interactions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as also the dialogue on cultural heritage in the contemporary setting. Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu of Japan delivered the keynote address while the valedictory address was given by Mr. Dnyaneshwar Mulay, Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs. Ambassador Shyam Saran also made important remarks.


On 24 August,the ICS andHarvard-Yenching Institute (HYI),Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in collaboration with the Department of Chinese Studies, Doon University, organized the first ICS-HYI Colloquium at Doon University campus. The aim of this colloquium was to bring together recipients of the ICS-HYI Fellowships from different disciplines to promote multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to studying China. ICS Research Associates, Dr. Veda Vaidyanathan,Dr. Nirmola Sharma and Mr. Bhim Subbaparticipated, along with Mr. MadhurendraJha, ICS-HYI Fellow and faculty member, Department of Chinese Studies, Doon University, and Prof. Sreemati Chakrabarti, Vice Chairperson, ICS. 


The Wednesday Seminars in the month ranged from International Law, Effective Occupation, and Colonialism on the Tibetan Plateau in the Early Twentieth Century to Xinjiang: China's window to the Silk Road?(YouTube) and Harmony and Stability in Contemporary Chinese Strategic Discourse: Constructing ‘New’ Peace?(SoundCloud).


There were two special seminars – on the new India-related top-grossing Chinese film, Dying to Survive  (YouTube) by ICS Honorary Fellow Dr. Hemant Adlakha and A Systemic Analysis of the State Council’s Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan by Mr. Ravish Bhatia, Yenching Scholar, PekingUniversity (YouTube).


We also received three academic delegations from China this month. These visits from the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing (2 August), Fudan University, Shanghai (4 August), and the Hainan Institute for World Watch (HIWW) (23 August) provided excellent opportunities for exchange of views on the post-Wuhan phase of India-China relations and other issues.



Two blogs were published this month. One by our Adjunct Fellow Dr. Atul Bharadwaj titled The China Factor in the Russia-US Equation and the other by our Research Intern Mr. Uday Khanapurkar titled CFIUS 2.0: An Instrument of American Economic Statecraft Targeting China.



Dr. Hemant Adlakha gave an interview on the 10th BRICS Summit which was published on CNINPL - China, India and Nepal - Analytical and Interpretation of China, India and Nepal Issues on 28 July. ICS Emeritus Fellow Amb. Kishan Rana published an article in Economic and Political Weekly on Indian Foreign Policy and Changing Requirements. Our Adjunct Fellow Anurag Viswanath penned a piece for The Financial Express on the second innings of Mahathir Mohamad as Malaysian Prime Minister and the country’s growing economic relations with Japan. Our Research Associate Dr. Veda Vaidyanathan reviewed Sulmaan Wasif Khan’s book on China’s ‘grand strategists’ for The Print.



Our Vice Chairperson, Prof. Sreemati Chakrabarti, attended the BRICS Seminar on Governance: Contributing BRICS Wisdom to Global Governance in the Interests of the People, in Johannesburg, South Africa on 4 July.My engagements included addressing the participants of a joint civil-military training programme on national security at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie (13 August), participating as the lead speaker at a Vivekananda International Foundation event on India-China relations (20 August), delivering the valedictory address at the India-China Dialogue on Indo-Pacific hosted by the National Maritime Foundation (24 August) and chairing a special panel at the 3rd Indian Ocean Conference IOC 2018 organized by India Foundation and others at Hanoi, Vietnam (27 August). My predecessor and Honorary Fellow Prof. Alka Acharya contributed a book chapter on China and South Asia for a book titled China and the Eurasian Region, published by the Indian Council of World Affairs. Dr. Madhavi Thampi, Editor, China Report and ICS Honorary Fellow, contributed to a book titled Stray Birds on the Huangpu: A History of Indians in Shanghai published by Shanghai People's Fine Arts Publishing Arts. On 21 August, Research Associate Dr. Veda Vaidyanathanparticipated in the 2nd Mandala Dialogue on China’s External Economic Management at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi and spoke on China’s economic diplomacy in Africa.


The ICS Website, Facebook and Twitter accounts are among the several ways you can get the latest on our publications and activities. You can also subscribe our monthly newsletter tofollow our events and publications as well as browse our YouTube and SoundCloud channels.


I look forward to seeing you at more of our events.



Best regards,
Institute of Chinese Studies





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