Sino-Indian Relations: Partners, Rivals, or Both?

May 10, 2012 • 6:00 – 7:30 pm EDT

With Remarks By:
Dr. Zhao Gancheng
Head of South Asia Institute
Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS)

Dr. Satu Limaye
East-West Center

Dr. Jagannath Panda
Research Fellow
Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA)

Moderated By:
Ms. Bonnie Glaser
Senior Fellow with the Freeman Chair in China Studies
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

The China-India relationship has become increasingly complex with both converging and diverging interests.  China and India have forged a strategic partnership and are working to further promote their political ties.  Cooperation can be seen in a number of areas including trade and economic relations, and approaches to global climate change.  At the same time, however, ongoing and unresolved problems continue to plague the relationship.  The border disputes over Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin, recent Chinese naval activity in the Indian Ocean, China’s defense ties with Pakistan, and conflicting viewpoints on the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan diaspora all serve as irritants that hamper cooperation and sow distrust. To help evaluate the complexity of this bilateral relationship and evaluate its impact on the broader Asia-Pacific region and U.S. interests, the Freeman Chair in China Studies and the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies will co-host an expert panel discussion.