January 2018

Dear Friend,

The ICS began the first month of the new-year with a range of lectures, seminars and conferences, and building new partnerships and we hope that this sets a positive trend for the rest of the year.

EVENTS & Activities

ICS’s long-running Wednesday Seminar series resumed after a short winter break as a platform for the dissemination of knowledge on China in India by hosting three seminars: China in Context of Global Energy Abundance & Geopolitics by Mr. Siddharth Aryan (YouTube); China-India Relations: The Untold Story & the Future of the Indo-Pacific by Dr. Jonathan T.D. Ward; and Indian Missions to Wartime China by Ms. Nirmola Sharma, Research Associate, ICS (YouTube and SoundCloud). The ICS also hosted Dr. Arunabh Ghosh of Harvard University for a special seminar on the  History of Chinese Dam Building in the Twentieth Century.


The ICS also hosted two book-discussion events in collaboration with the India International Centre and the book publishers. The first was of ICS Honorary Fellow Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty’s China’s Transformation: The Success Story and the Success Trap in collaboration with Sage Publishing (YouTube and SoundCloud). The second was of India, China and the World: A Connected History authored by Tansen Sen, Professor of History at NYU, Shanghai in collaboration with Oxford University Press. Both books are seminal works and the discussions generated a great deal of interest.


In terms of other collaborative efforts, the ICS together with the IIC and the O.P Jindal Global University held a major conference on Complex Belongings: The Chinese Indian Community (YouTube and SoundCloud). The conference brought together academics studying the subject as well as representatives of the community who offered their insights and narrated their personal experiences. The second collaborative conference of the month, Unleashing Connectivity for Inclusive Growth: Leveraging Himalayan Consensus to Further India’s Act East Policy was held together with CUTS International, Jaipur, Himalayan Consensus Institute, Kathmandu and The Asia Foundation (SoundCloud).


January also saw the ICS expanding its academic network by signing an MoU with the Shiv Nadar University.


Publications in January touched upon several issues. In his ICS Analysis - China’s Quest for Global LeadershipAmb. Shyam Saran, Member ICS Governing Council, lays out the transitions taking place globally and the role that China is likely to play in such a world. This paper was based on his keynote address at the 1st India Forum on China in Goa in December 2017. ICS Advisory Board Chairman, Amb. Shivshankar Menon’s ICS Occasional Paper, also presented first at the 1st India Forum on China, on the Strategic Underpinnings of China’s Foreign Policy pointed out major factors that are likely to act as drivers of China’s foreign policy.


On the ICS Blogs, we had Preethi Amaresh talk about how China used its native giant pandas as a tool of foreign policy while Amb. Kishan S. Rana, ICS Emeritus Fellow, came out with the second installment of his A China Gazer’s Random Musings

In the Media

ICS Honorary Fellow Hemant Adlakha wrote in The Diplomat on how China is beginning to see India as major challenger to its ambitions while ICS Fellow, Dr. Jabin T. Jacob, had a review in The Indian Express of Jayadev Ranade’s 2018 release Xi Jinping’s China.

Faculty Updates

I am delighted to announce that ICS Associate Fellow Dr. Tshering Chonzom Bhutia and Research Associate and Programme Officer Dr. P. K. Anand have been awarded the China India Scholar-Leaders Initiative Fellowship 2018-20, by the India China Institute, New School, New York. I was invited by the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala, to deliver a lecture to their students and faculty on the Rising Aspirations of China. Dr. Jabin T. Jacob, meanwhile, was invited by the British Embassy in Tokyo, Japan to speak to its diplomats from the region and elsewhere on Indian foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific region. He also delivered a lecture at the University of Tokyo’s Contemporary China Research Base in the Institute of Social Science on ‘China’s Belt & Road Initiative and India-China Relations’ on 26 January.


The ICS website and following us on Facebook and on Twitter are among the several ways you can get the latest on our publications and activities. I would invite you and your colleagues and friends to also sign up to receive the latest information of our events and publications as well as browse our YouTube and SoundCloud channels.


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

Best Regards,
Institute of Chinese Studies



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