December 2019

Dear Friend,


The Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) conducted a wide range of events and activities on China and East-Asia while also bringing out a number of publications in the last month of 2019.


The highlight of the month was the 3rd India Forum on China (IFC)@Goa, held on 5-7 December. Held in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and in cooperation with Goa University, this closed-door flagship event of the Institute witnessed the participation of around 40 senior experts, including scholars, practitioners and policymakers from the economic, foreign policy, security and technological domains. The theme of the Forum was ‘China and Asia’s Changing Geopolitics.’ The Keynote Address was delivered by Mr. Richard McGregor, Senior Fellow, Lowy Institute, Sydney on the subject of Xi Jinping and Chinese Power (YouTube). Amb. Shivshankar Menon, Chairman, ICS Advisory Board and Former National Security Advisor, Government of India, delivered the Valedictory Address. Amb. Shyam Saran, Member, ICS Governing Council spoke in the first session on the role of the Quad in the Indo-Pacific. A comprehensive report of the conference proceedings will be made available shortly.


Other ICS Fellows and Faculty were involved as speakers/chairs at the 3rd IFC. Prof. Alka Acharya, Honorary Fellow, chaired the third session on China’s maritime capabilities. The fourth session on US-China economic rivalry was chaired by Amb. Deepa Wadhwa, Member, ICS Governing Council. Mr. Ravi Bhoothalingam, Treasurer and Honorary Fellow, chaired the fifth session on the shifting economic landscape of Asia, while Prof. Sabaree Mitra, Honorary Fellow, spoke on the subject of Chinese soft and sharp power.


Two delegations from China visited the Institute this month. A delegation from China Pictorial Publications discussed prospects for collaboration on their magazine China-India Dialogue. Another delegation consisting of five members, from the Chinese Academy of Macroeconomic Research, National Development and Reform Commission, visited the ICS for an interaction and exchange of views on India-China relations and other issues of mutual interest to discuss further academic cooperation.


We had two Wednesday Seminars in this month. Dr. Veda Vaidyanathan, ICS Research Associate, made a presentation detailing insights she gained from conducting fieldwork in Zambia as part of the Institute’s ‘China in the World’ programme. Ms. Reeja Nair, ICS Research Associate, spoke on the subject of affordable housing in the city of Shenzhen (YouTube)(Soundcloud).


We published three ICS Occasional Papers this month - Mr. Santosh Pai, Partner, LinkLegal and Mr. Rajesh Ghosh, ICS Research Assistant, were co-authors for a paper on China’s new FDI law based on the presentation they had made at the 12th All India Conference of China Studies; Ms. Parul Bakshi, Doctoral Candidate, Jawaharlal Nehru University, on India-Japan cooperation in the realm of climate change. Lastly, Dr. Muhammed Kunhi, Post-Doctoral candidate, National University of Singapore and Former ICS Research Associate, on Solid Waste Management in China.




For the Times of India, Amb. Shyam Saran, Member, ICS Governing Council, penned a piece looking at India’s role in her neighbourhood. For Business Standard, he wrote on the subject of China’s economic heft. Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty, ICS Honorary Fellow, gave an interview in Business Standard on 29 December, entitled ‘Democratisation is a Basic Issue in China’.

Faculty Updates

Dr. Hemant Adlakha, Honorary Fellow and Associate Professor, Centre for Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, chaired the opening session at a conference entitled ‘Japanese Studies in India and South Asia: Towards a New Horizon’ held at Jawaharlal Nehru University on 9 December. He also made a presentation on Chinese perspectives of diplomacy in South Asia at a conference organised by the Center for Strategic & International Studies, Washington DC and the Observer Research Foundation, at New Delhi on 10 December.


The Asia Pacific Observatory of the World Health Organisation has approved the proposal submitted by the ICS and its consortium members in their December Board meeting. The project is a comparative policy research on 'Integration of Health Services for Older Persons in the Urban Context: An Analysis of Practices in Select Countries in the Asia–Pacific Region', and is led by Prof. Rama Baru (Member, ICS Governing Council and Professor, Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) and Dr. Madhurima Nundy (Assistant Director and Associate Fellow, ICS) along with consortium members from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Shanghai Health Development Research Centre, Shanghai and the Education University of Hong Kong. The project starts in January 2020.


Prof. Rama Baru and Dr. Madhurima Nundy also presented their research work on ‘Student Mobility for Higher Education: The Case of Indian Students Studying Medicine in China’ at the Annual Conference on Comparative Education Society of India held at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 9-11 December 2019


Dr. P.K. Anand, ICS Research Associate completed his fieldwork in Mumbai in leather goods industry from 9-21 December, as part of his project under the China India Scholars-Leaders Fellowship of the India China Institute, New School for Social Research, New York.


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




Best Regards,
Institute of Chinese Studies





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