OCTOber 2019

Dear Friend,


The month of October remained productive for the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), with a wide range of events and activities, along with our research on China and East-Asia.


This month, we organised a Special Lecture delivered by Prof. Akio Takahara, Professor of Contemporary Chinese Politics, Graduate School for Law and Politics and Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, titled Belt and Road Free and Open Indo-Pacific: Are They Compatible (Soundcloud) at the India International Centre, New Delhi on 4 October.


Four Wednesday Seminars were conducted this month – Ms. Parul Bakshi, doctoral candidate at the Japanese Division, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University gave a presentation comparing India and Japan’s efforts to transition to cleaner energy (Youtube) (Soundcloud); Dr. Gunjan Singh, Research Fellow, Indian Council of World Affairs and Former ICS Research Associate, spoke on the revival of nationalism in China (Youtube) (Soundcloud); Dr. Prabhakar Singh, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School unpacked the role of colonial history in shaping China’s and India’s attitudes on international law (Youtube) (Soundcloud) and; Dr. Debasish Chaudhuri, ICS Adjunct Fellow, gave a presentation on the Chinese novel ‘Zhe Bian Fengjing’  (Soundcloud).


We published one ICS Analysis this month. Dr. Ekta Singh, Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Governance, Ambedkar University, Delhi, contributed a publication titled Technology and Governance: Comparing China’s Social Credit and India’s Aadhaar.




Amb. Shyam Saran, Member, ICS Governing Council, penned a piece for The Hindu analyzing the Informal Summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi. He also featured in an interview regarding developments in Kashmir and India-Pakistan re-hyphenation conducted by The Wire. Prof. Alka Acharya, ICS Honorary Fellow, spoke to the South China Morning Post regarding India’s recent moves constraining academic collaborations with Chinese institutions. She also wrote on the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China for Hindustan Times. Additionally, she gave interviews to Hindustan Times, BBC (Hindi) and Aaj Tak elucidating on issues such as China’s political leadership, its relations with the US and India, the Hong Kong protests as well as the informal summit. Dr. Zorawar Daulet Singh, ICS Adjunct Fellow elaborated on the Mamallapuram informal summit in a piece for The Hindu and Hindustan as well as in interviews to CNBC, WION and Xinhua. Dr. Rajiv Ranjan, ICS Adjunct Fellow, took the opportunity to point out the challenges underlying the India-China relationship as the summit proceeded in an article for The Wire. Our Research Associate, Dr. PK Anand wrote for Moneycontrol.com on on the (im)possibilities of Chinese manufacturing in its forays into India. Lastly, Prof. Alka Acharya, ICS Honorary Fellow and I gave an interview to The Print discussing the desired imperatives for the informal summit.

Faculty Updates

Prof. Sreemati Chakrabarti, ICS Vice-Chairperson, attended the ‘BRICS Seminar on Governance’ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 28 October, and spoke on how the BRICS grouping can move forward. Dr. Hemant Adlakha, ICS Honorary Fellow, delivered a lecture titled ‘Chewing and Eschewing of Chinese Characters in East Asian Cultures’ at the Centre for Japanese Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University on 11 October. He also led an Indian delegation at a two-day China-India Literary Dialogue Meet at Yuexiu University, Shaoxing, China, on 25 October; he delivered the inaugural address in the opening session. My own engagements included participation in the Strategic Gaming Exercise conducted by the National Defence College as the Mentor of the China Syndicate.


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


Best Regards,
Institute of Chinese Studies





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