MARCH 2018

Dear Friend,

Through the month of March, ICS continued to lead informed academic and policy-oriented interventions on a range of issues related to China and East Asia. 


On 22 March, ICS, in collaboration with the Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), organized the 12th Giri Deshingkar Memorial Lecture, instituted in the memory of Giri Dattatreya Deshingkar, one of the founder members of the Institute and one of India’s leading China experts. Prof. Kjeld Erik Brodsgaard, at the Department of International Economics and Management and Director of the China Studies Programme, Copenhagen Business School, delivered the lecture titled, The Communist Party of China in the Post-Mao Era: Mass to Elite Party”    (YouTube and Soundcloud).

Our Wednesday Seminars ranged from the Role of Nuclear Power in China’s Energy Scenario and its Climate Goals Promises by Dr. Nandkumar Janardhanan (Adjunct Fellow, ICS and Faculty, Energy Studies Programme, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) and Dr. Vaibhav Chaturvedi (Research Fellow, Council for Energy, Environment and Water, New Delhi) (YouTube and Soundcloud); to Private Education in China by Prof. Sreemati Chakrabarti (Vice-Chairperson & Honorary Fellow, ICS) (YouTube and Soundcloud); and Politics under the Xi Jinping Era by Mr. Bhim Subba (Research Associate, ICS).

ICS also hosted a Special Lecture by Dr. Viren Murthy, Assistant Professor, History Department, the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Zhang Tiyan, Pan Asianism and India as Method (YouTube).


Publications in March touched upon diverse issues. In his ICS Occasional Paper, which was presented at the 1st India Forum on China in Goa in December 2017China in Northeast Asia: Maintaining Order or Upsetting Order?, Prof. David Arase, Resident Professor, Hopkins- Nanjing Centre, John Hopkins Universitydiscussed the rising tensions in the Northeast Asia driven by China’s desire for a new China-centered order and the ushering of an unprecedented era of US-China great power rivalry in the region. Former Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India, U. K. Sinha’s ICS Occasional Paper on Financial Markets in China and India brought out comparative analysis on Chinese and India markets and their strengths and weaknesses.

ICS Research Assistant Diki Sherpa assessed the convergence of competitive, geopolitical interests, advanced by Chinese capital funded infrastructure building in the Nepalese Himalayan Borderland in an ICS Analysis titled Sino-Nepalese Engagements in the Himalayan Borderland.


The first session of the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing and the removal of term limits for President and Vice President was the main topic of discussion with ICS faculty and associates offering their views in different media platforms. Fellow Dr. Jabin T. Jacob had contributions in the Business Standard and South China Morning Post along with Dainik Jagran. He also had a piece in Indian Express. He was also quoted in the Financial Express and International Business Times on Chabahar port and increasing Chinese assertiveness towards India, respectively.

ICS Associate Fellow Dr. Tshering Chonzom appeared on India Today and also wrote a piece for South China Morning Post. Former Director Prof. Alka Acharya also presented her thoughts in She was also quoted in Hindustan TimesThe Wire and


I participated in an international debate on China’s Belt and Road Initiative hosted in Singapore by Japan’s NHK World in partnership with Singapore Institute of International Affairs. I also spoke on various themes related to China and East Asia as lead speaker or panellist at events hosted by IDSA, VIF, CII and FSI, among others.

Dr.  Jabin T. Jacob was a panellist in a session on China’s global ambitions, at the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad.

From 11-18 March, Prof. Rama Baru, Adjunct Fellow and Dr. Madhurima Nundy, Associate Fellow travelled to Shanghai for a field study for the ICSSR-funded project on Commercialisation of Elderly Care in India and China, which was organised and coordinated with Shanghai Health Development Research Centre. They also travelled to Central China Normal University, Wuhan (CCNU) and made presentations on the history of medical missionaries in India. During their time at CCNU, they were also part of the inauguration of the India Studies Centre at the university.

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


Best Regards,
Institute of Chinese Studies





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