The Convergence dilemma: mapping India-China strategic relations

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Shift in the balance of power from the West to the East placed China and India as the major strategic players to shape the strategic contours of the 21st Century.
Notwithstanding the trust deficit lingering on since the debacle of the 1962 border incursion, strategic pre-eminence of the Indo-Pacific region exhilarated potential for cooperation and convergence of interests between the two nations largely in areas such as security and strategic domains. However, the level of convergence hinges, in large measure, on pursuance of the conflicting core geo-strategic interests in each other's region of influence.

It is against this background that an attempt is made in this paper to a) undertake an analysis of the evolving security and strategic paradigm since the end of the Cold War; b) make an assessment of the opportunities that exist for bilateral strategic cooperation between India and China; c) examine the efficacy of the initiatives that India and China have taken to counterbalance each-other through strategic engagements in the region; d) underline India's options to engage with the US to counter China while retaining its strategic autonomy; e) finally conclude the paper with possible future strategic options.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndia and China relations
Subtitle of host publicationhistorical, cultural and security issues
EditorsG. Jayachandra Reddy
Place of PublicationTirupati
PublisherUGC Centre for Southeast Asian & Pacific Studies
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)9788192690483
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • India
  • China
  • Strategic objectives


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