MAY 2022

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The Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) continued to take up relevant issues and topics through digital platforms to generate an informed analysis of China and East Asia. In addition to four publications, we organized as many as four webinars during the month, including a panel discussion on two years of crisis in Eastern Ladakh and the way ahead.


A new initiative of Write With ICS was also introduced to facilitate research on China and East Asia at large. The initiative will proved an opportunity for researchers to publish on the ICS website under the categories of ICS Occasional Paper, ICS Analysis, ICS Research Blog, and ICS Translations.


You can view the Write With ICS page here.




ICS organized three panel discussions and one book discussion this month.


            ICS organized the first panel discussion on the theme of Two years of crisis in Eastern Ladakh: Way ahead on 4 May. The panellists included: Ambassador Gautam Bambawale, a Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Symbiosis International University, Pune; Lt. Gen. DS Hooda (Retd), PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, VSM**; Senior Colonel Zhou Bo (Retired), Senior Fellow, Center for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University; Sushant Singh, Senior Fellow, Center for Policy Research and Co-founder of The India Cable. The discussant for this panel was Dr. Rityusha Mani Tiwary, Visting Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies. The discussion started with the analysis of possible causes behind the conflict which occurred two years ago in Eastern Ladakh. Later, actions taken by both China and India during these two years were discussed. The discussion was chaired by Ashok K. Kantha, Director, Institute of Chinese Studies. (YouTube)


            Ananth Krishnan, China Correspondent, The Hindu and Stanly Johny, International Affairs Editor, The Hindu, Spoke about their newly released book The Comrades and the Mullahs: China, Afghanistan and the New Asian Geopolitics in the book discussion session held on 11 May. Andrew Small, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, GMF Asia Program was the discussant for this session. The discussion was chaired by Ambassador Vijay Nambiar. The discussion centred around China’s interests in Afghanistan and its engagement with the new Taliban establishment. India’s position on changes in Afghanistan and a possible way forward for India was also discussed. (YouTube)


            The Second panel discussion was based on the topic China and the Emerging Regional Supply Chain, held on 18 May. The Speakers included: Amita Batra, Professor of Economics and Chairperson, Centre for South Asian Studies, School of International Studies, JNU; G. Venkat Raman, Associate Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Management, Indore. The discussion initially focused on the impact of various factors like Covid-19 Pandemic, Ukraine Crisis and rising protectionism on both Indian as well as global companies. Further, China’s response to the disruption of supply chains and emergence of new supply chains was also analysed. The discussion was concluded by suggesting some future trends in global supply chains and what India can do to gain benefits from these changes. The discussion was chaired by Santosh Pai, Partner, Link Legal and member, CII’s Core Group on China. (YouTube)


            The third panel discussion was held on 25 May and the topic was China-EU Relations in the Wake of the Ukraine Crisis. The panelists included: Noah Barkin, Managing Editor in the China Practice, Rhodium Group and Visting Senior Fellow, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund; Gudrun Wacker, Senior Fellow, Asia Division, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin; Arun K. Singh, India’s former ambassador to United States, Israel and France, member of India’s National Security Advisory Board. The discussion was held on various aspects of China-EU relations like the causes behind present tensions between them, the role of USA in shaping China-EU relations as well as the impact of Ukraine crisis on these relations. The discussion was chaired by Ashok K. Kantha, Director, Institute of Chinese Studies. (YouTube)




We had a total of four Publications this month, two Occasional papers and two research blogs.



  1. Siddharth Rai, Member, ICS on Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement – A Study of Cross-Straits Economic Integration
  2. Kant Kumar, Member, ICS on China and the UNCLOS: The Legal Status of China’s Claimed Area in the East China Sea and Its Implications among the East Asian Countries

ICS Research Blogs

  1. Arushi Singh, Research Intern, ICS on Book Review: KAI-FU LEE, AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, And the New World Order (New York: ‎Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018), pp. 272, e-book, ISBN 978-132-8546-39-5
  2. Omkar Bhole, Research Intern, ICS on Pitfalls of Chinese FDI in Sri Lanka – A Case Study of the Colombo Port City Project




Prof. Sreemati Chakrabarti, delivered a lecture on “Understanding China through History” at the Jindal Global Law School, OP Jindal Global University on 16 May.

Prof. Srikanth Kondapalli, Honorary Fellow, ICS appeared on TRT World Now to discuss China’s proposal to Pacific Islands on 30 May.

Amb. Shyam Saran member ICS Governing Council, and former Foreign Secretary of India had the following appearances:

  1. Amb. Saran appeared on Mojo story on 30 May to discuss Why “Dictator Envy for China is a bad idea.
  2. Amb. Saran appeared on India Today on 4 May to discuss Will Modi’s powerplay help India seize New World Order?


Prof. Ashwini Deshpande, Ashoka University, appeared on ICRW on 10 May to discuss Why does it matter whether women “work”?

Prof. Rityusha Mani Tiwary, Department of Political Science, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi participated in a panel discussion for Observer Research Foundation on 24 May to discuss Two years of Ladakh order stand-off: What’s the future of India-China relations?  




Prof. Srikanth Kondaplli, Chairman, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Relations, Jawaharlal Nehru University authored four articles in May: on 25 May for First post on How Quad Tokyo outcome was both positive and practical, though it makes no mention of China; on 25 May for EastMojo on India, China relations threaten to freeze over; on 25 May for IMPRI Insights on The Deep Freeze between India and China; on 26 May for IMPRI Insights on A Positive, practical QUAD Tokyo Summit.


Prof. Madhavi Thampi, Honorary Fellow, ICS Delhi was referred in Consulate General of India, Guangzhou report on Historical Contacts between India and South China.


Amb. Shyam Saran member ICS Governing Council, and former Foreign Secretary of India authored five articles in May; on 2 May for the Indian Express on India must make the most of diplomatic attention its receiving; on 17 May for Business Standard on Xi Jinping’s Global security Initiative; on 30 May for The Indian Express on ‘China made a wrong bet…whichever way you look at it, Russia has lost this war’; on 30 May for The Hindu on China’s ‘Inevitable’ global dominance; on 31 May for Business Standard on Russia has lost the Ukraine War, China made Wrong Bet. Apart from writing Amb. Saran also appeared on The Print on a Book discussion for his latest book How China Sees India and the World on 30 May. He also appeared on NDTV on 9 May where he discussed Putin’s Victory Day Speech.


Amb. Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, Director of India Projects, Brookings Institution, Washington DC, appeared on a discussion on Why India bought into Quad and What Russia, China have got to do with it for The Print on 25 May.


Anurag Viswanath, Adjunct Fellow, ICS authored an article on 4 May for The Times of India on What the Shanghainese are scared of: it’s not Covid- Although the first country to enter the pandemic could also be the last out get out of it. She also authored a piece titled Why Chinese are more scared of lockdowns than the virus for The Times of India on 4 May.


Anand P. Krishnan wrote on 21 May for Scroll on The Precarious lives of Chinese delivery workers who keep the country running through ‘zero-covid’.


Ravi Bhootlingam, Honorary Fellow, ICS Delhi, authored a piece for Outlook on 1 May titled The Martians Respond to Earth’s Geopolitics: a Science Fiction Allegory.



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Please take care and stay safe and healthy.


Best regards,

Ashok K. Kantha


Institute of Chinese Studies





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