Dear Friend,

The Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) continued its academic engagements and activities related to China and East Asia in the month of October.



A national seminar on China, India and Latin America: Converging Opportunities and Competitive Challenges in Strategic Triangulation was organized in collaboration with the UGC Centre for Latin American Studies, Goa University on 3 October at the Goa University campus. The seminar deliberated on the increasing engagements of China with Latin American countries and the possible implications for India. 

An International Conference on the 100th Anniversary of Lu Xun’s A Madman’s Diary was co-organized with Centre for  Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies (CCSEAS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and India International Centre (IIC), Delhi on 5-6 October. As part of this event, a panel discussion of eminent scholars from India and abroad was organized at IIC, Delhi on 5 October (YouTube). The panelists were Prof. Senno Takumasa, Head of the Department of Chinese Literature and Linguistics, Waseda University; Dr. Roman Shapiro; Mr. Taku Kurashige, Lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Tsinghua University, Beijing; Dr. Emily Mae Graf, Assistant Professor, Heidelburg Universtiy; and Dr. Raman Sinha, Centre of Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. The panel was chaired by Dr. Hemant Adlakha, Honorary Fellow, ICS and Associate Professor, Centre for Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

A talk on Bombs in Beijing (1910) and Delhi (1912): Connecting Marginalized Histories of Modern China and India (SoundCloud) by Cao Yin, Associate Professor, Department of History, Tshingua University was organized on 8 October.

We organized a panel discussion on Countering Internal Security Challenges in Xinjiang: Rise of Surveillance State? (SoundCloud) at IIC, Delhi on 12 October. The panelists were Prof. K. Warikoo, founding Editor of Himalayan and Central Asian Studies; Dr. Mahesh Debata, Director, UGC Area Studies Programme, Centre for Inner Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Dr. Shagun Sharma, Assistant Professor, Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Chandigarh; and Dr. Debasish Chaudhuri, Adjunct Fellow, ICS.

A special lecture by Amb. Kunio Takahashi, Vice Chairman, Institute for International Strategy, Japan Research Institute on Japan-China Relations: The Recent Situation was held on 16 October (SoundCloud).

A roundtable discussion on China in the Indian Ocean: Evolving Doctrines, Presence and Implications was held at IIC, Delhi on 17 October (SoundCloud). The panelists included Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan, Director, National Maritime Foundation; Vice  Admiral Anil Chopra, Member, National Security Advisory Board, Government of India; and Cmde. Gopal Suri, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Contemporary China Studies, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The discussion was chaired by Amb. Nalin Surie, former Indian Ambassador to China and Distinguished Fellow, Delhi Policy Group, New Delhi.

A conversation on The Situation in Afghanistan and Prospects for International Cooperation: Perspectives from India, China and the USA was co-organized with the Center for International Cooperation, New York University, New York,  and India International Centre, New Delhi on 23 October (SoundCloud). The speakers were Amb. Amar Sinha, Distinguished Fellow, RIS and former Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan; Dr. Barnett Rubin, Senior Fellow, Centre on International Cooperation, New York University, New York; Amb. Gautam Mukhopadhaya, former Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan; Dr. Wang Shida, Deputy Director, Institute for South & Southeast Asian and Oceania Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, Beijing; Ms. Li Qingyan, China Institute of International Studies, Beijing; and Mr. Lin Yiming, Institute of South & Southeast Asian and Oceania Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, Beijing.

Our Wednesday Seminars for this month included Abe’s Re-election as LDP’s President by Shamshad Khan, Visiting Associate Fellow, ICS (SoundCloud); Chinese Tradition and Religion and the Communist Party of China by Poonam Surie, Adjunct Fellow, ICS (SoundCloud); A Year Since the 19th Party Congress by Dr. Avinash Godbole, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana (SoundCloud); and South Korea's New Asia Initiative Policy and the Middle East by Ms. Angana Guha Roy, Research Associate, Delhi Policy Group, New Delhi (SoundCloud).



Our Research Associate Bhim Subba published an ICS Analysis on CPC Disciplinary ‘Punishment’ Regulations in the New Era. ICS Blogs for this month included Rohingya Crisis: an opportunity for China? by Ms. Navreet Kullar, Research Intern;  and The USMCA, China and the Politicisation of Economic Intercourse by Mr. Uday Khanapurkar, Research Intern. Our Visiting Fellow, Dr. T.G. Suresh contributed a chapter on Labour and State Absentism in the construction sector in India and China in the book, Beyond Regimes: China and India Compared edited by Prof. Prasenjit Duara and Prof. Elizabeth J. Perry, and published by Harvard University Press.



Amb. Shyam Saran, Member, ICS Governing Council wrote for Business Standard on China’s attempts to bypass US sanctions to buy Iranian oil. He also gave an interview to The Hindu on how India should manage its relations with China, Russia and the US to maintain its strategic autonomy. I gave an interview to The Wire on the political crisis in the wake of recent elections in Sri Lanka and their impact on India and China. ICS Honorary Fellow, Mr. Ravi Bhoothalingam wrote for Business Standard on prospects for India-China economic ties under the trade war.

ICS Visiting Associate Fellow Dr. Shamshad Khan wrote for the Nikkei Asian Review on the meeting between PM Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe and on the recently signed currency swap deal between India and Japan. He also appeared on Lok Sabha TV in its Insight Programme on India-Japan 13th summit. Furthermore, he also participated as a panellist in All India Radio's Urdu program "Muzakra" discussing India's policy on Maldives amidst the Chinese forays in the country. Our Research Associate, Ms.Gunjan Singh wrote for Science, Technology and Security Forum on China-North Korea relations under President Xi and forty years of China’s reforms. She also wrote on the recent elections in the Maldives and its probable impact vis-à-vis China in the Asia Times. She reviewed Jeanne-Marie Gescher’s Becoming China: The Story Behind the State for Asian Affairs. Our Research Assistant Mr. Saurav Sarkar had written a piece in International Policy Digest on Gwadar as a factor in China-Pakistan relations. He also had a commentary on American policies in the South China Sea for Eleventh Column. Another Research Assistant, Ms. Prarthana Basu wrote a commentary for the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies on how South Pacific island countries can use their strategic positioning for international bargaining on climate change.

Our Adjunct Fellow Dr. Anurag Vishwanath wrote on recent developments in Japan-North Korea relations for The Financial Express. Adjunct Fellow, Dr. Atul Bhardwaj penned a piece in the Economic and Political Weekly on the need to rebalance India’s maritime ambitions with her continental potential, with reference to the Quadrilateral and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Prof. Mahendra Lama, another Adjunct Fellow at the Institute wrote opinion pieces for The Kathmandu Post and for the Hindustan Times on China’s tripod strategy in Central and Southeast Asia and on leveraging Bhutan’s new politicians to strengthen India-Bhutan ties, respectively. My media interactions included an interview to Phoenix TV of Hong Kong.



Our Chairperson Prof. Patricia Uberoi gave the inaugural address and a special lecture on ”Anthropologizing” A Madman’s Diary: Suicide, Incest and Cannibalism in the Age of Reason’ at the International Conference to Mark 100 Years of Lu Xun’s A Madman’s Diary at the Centre for Chinese and Southeast Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 5-6 October. Vice-Chairperson Prof. Sreemati Chakrabarti spoke in the opening session and chaired another session at the national seminar on China, India and Latin America: Converging Opportunities and Competitive Challenges in Strategic Triangulation on 3 October at Goa University campus. I participated in the the India-Japan Indo-Pacific Forum organised in New Delhi by the Delhi Policy Group and Japan Institute of International Affairs, Tokyo on 15-16 October and spoke on the major outcomes of the conference and the way ahead. Research Associate Dr. Veda Vaidyanathan conducted fieldwork in Tanzania-Dar es Salaam, Dodoma and Zanzibar from 1-13 October as a part of ICS study on Chinese Infrastructure Development in Africa.

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


Best Regards,
Ashok K. Kantha
Institute of Chinese Studies





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