dECEmBER 2018

Dear Friend,

The Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) had an engaging last month of year 2018, in December, as we continued our research on China and East Asia, through various events, activities, publications and contributions in the media. 


EVENTS AND Activities

The highlight of the month was the India Forum on China @ Goa (IFC), an annual conference held in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) and with support of Goa University, involving eminent scholars, practitioners and policymakers, holding in-depth deliberations on a topical theme pertaining to China and with implications for India.The 2nd edition of the IFC with the theme, ‘Changing Drivers of China’s Economy’ was held in Goa on 7-9 December. The keynote address of the conference was delivered by Prof. Ashwani Saith, Professor Emeritus, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, on ‘Socialism, Pioneer of Capitalism – and Global Power: The Latent Leitmotif of Chinese Development?’. There were seven thematic sessions plus a valedictory session addressed by Amb. Shivshankar Menon, Chairperson, ICS Advisory Board and former National Security Advisor and Foreign Secretary, Government of India on India and China in the changing world scenario. In all around 40 senior academicians, former diplomats and policymakers participated in the conference. A brief concept note for the thematic sessions can be found here.


We had a special lecture on 13 December by Prof. Krishna Palepu, Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration, and Senior Advisor to the President of Harvard University on China’s Rise and its Implications for the World (YouTube) at India International Centre, Delhi.


Wednesday Seminars for this month included ‘Indo-Pacific’ – The Chinese Narrative and a possible Counter-Strategy by Ms. Antara Ghosal Singh, Delhi Policy Group; Japan-Russia New Framework: will it result in the conclusion of a new peace treaty? (YouTube) by Dr. Shamshad Ahmad Khan, Visiting Associate Fellow, ICS; and South Korea's 'New Southern Policy' and its Implications for India-Korea Relations: Context, Convergence and Challenges (SoundCloud)  by Dr. Jojin John, Research Associate, Indian Council of World Affairs.



We had three ICS Analyses this month - A Componential Analysis of the Impact of a Trade War on China’s Economic Growth by Mr. Uday Khanapurkar, Research Assistant, ICS; Emerging Cities of Amaravati and Xiong’an: Redefining Urbanization? by Ms. Ramya Kannan, Research Intern, ICS; and T-TIP and the EU-China Strategic Partnership by Ms. Prekshashree Chhetri, former Research Assistant, ICS and doctoral student, Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

In the Media

Our Chairperson Prof. Patricia Uberoi penned a piece for NE Now News on the need for Northeast India’s increased role in India’s neighbourhood policy. 


Our Research Assistant Ms. Prarthana Basu wrote for The Diplomat on whether China can take substantial steps about climate at the COP24. ICS Emeritus Fellow Amb. Kishan Rana wrote for the Economic and Political Weekly on a new perspective of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. ICS Honorary Fellow Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty contributed an essay for Oxford Handbooks Online about how liberal democracy treats the issue of inequality and how it is handled in regimes governed by communist parties. Our ICS Honorary Fellow Mr. Ravi Bhoothalingam wrote on India and China’s strategic thinking  for The Wire.


Research Associate Dr. Gunjan Singh shared her views on improvements in India-Maldives relations in light of reduced Chinese influence  for Asia Times. Our Research Assistant Uday Khanapurkar published a piece in The Diplomat on repercussions for Canada due to US policies against Huawei.


Faculty Updates

Many of the Fellows and members had speaking roles at the 2nd IFC. Amb. Shyam Saran, Member, ICS Governing Council and former Foreign Secretary, Government of India chaired the session on BRI in Europe and Eurasia. He also spoke on Dealing with Asymmetry: Balancing Security and Economic Imperatives in India-China Relations in the panel on China’s Role in the Changing Global Growth Paradigm: Implications for India, chaired by Amb. Deepa G. Wadhwa, Member, Governing Council, ICS. I gave the opening remarks and was the discussant on the panel on China’s Economy in Transition: Sectoral and Spatial Dimensions. Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty, ICS Honorary Fellow, spoke on Xi Jinping and the Chinese Success Trap. Honorary Fellow Mr. Ravi Bhoothalingam chaired the session on Xi Jinping’s Innovation Driven Development Strategy. My predecessor and ICS Honorary Fellow Prof. Alka Acharya chaired the session on BRI in Asia and Africa. Our Emeritus Fellow Amb. Kishan Rana was a speaker in this session. My other engagements included participation as speaker at FSI-KAS conference on India-US relations, 3rd India-China Thank-Tanks Forum and International Relations Conference 2018 hosted by Symbiosis University, Pune, apart from delivering a lecture at the Institute of Military Technology, Pune.


Our Vice-Chairperson Prof. Sreemati Chakrabarti delivered a lecture at the National Intelligence Academy, New Delhi on " China`s Rise and Implications for India" on 4 December.


Visiting Associate Fellow Dr. Shamshad A. Khan wrote for Kalinga International Foundation on whether the new framework will help resolve Japan-Russia territorial dispute? He also presented a paper on the ‘Role of Forums, Mechanisms and Institutions in India-Japan “Partnerships of Prosperity”’ at the Conference on India-Japan Cooperation in Indo-Pacific and Beyond 2025: Corridors, Connectivity and Contours at Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi on 7 December. Research Associate Dr. Gunjan Singh also wrote contributed a piece for Kalinga International Foundation on Chinese Perspective on Indo-Pacific. ICS Honorary Fellow Col. Virendra S. Verma gave a talk on China-Pakistan relations, specifically on BRI and implications for India at the India -Pakistan Soldiers Initiative for Peace at Chandigarh University on 28-29 November.


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 to follow 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,

Ashok K. Kantha
Institute of Chinese Studies



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