Tiffin Talk: India and China: Rivals, Friends or Foes?

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23 May 2013 12:45 pm

India and China today represent world’s two largest and fastest growing economies and societies. Even the continued global economic slowdown has not dented their growth. These unprecedented trends have triggered several internal and external systemic and cultural challenges for both these nations.

First and foremost, the strongest pillar of their rapprochement – bilateral trade- has witness fluctuations. With ever expanding trade deficit it is threatening to become one-sided and the $100 billion target for 2015 needs major course corrections. Recent years have also witnessed frequent diplomatic and military showdowns. The hope lies in their relationship expanding from once being purely bilateral, to increasingly involving interactions at regional to global level where China-India find larger convergence in their priorities and perceptions.

About the Lecturer:

Swaran Singh is Professor for Diplomacy and Disarmament at School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi).   He is currently also Chief Vigilance Officer of his University and External Member to its Center for East Asian Studies as also Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies of JNU.  He is President of Association of Asia Scholars, General Secretary of Indian Association of Asian & Pacific Studies.