One-Sided Rivalry: China's Perceptions
and Policies toward India
Susan L. Shirk
There is a marked asymmetry in the mutual perceptions of India and China. For India, China looms large as an economic and political rival and as security threat, as Steven Hoffmann makes clear in chapter 2. But for China, India merits little attention and, even after India's May 1998 nuclear tests, is not taken seriously as a security threat. As the India scholar Stephen Cohen notes, China does not consider India one of the important states in the world; India is simply not on China's “radar screen.”1 China's smug attitude toward India is not just a pose adopted in official statements for international effect; it is reflected domestically as well. India has many more experts on China than China has experts on India. Indian journalists, intellectuals, businesspeople, and the informed public are avid Chinawatchers, while their Chinese counterparts follow developments in Taiwan, Japan, and the United States with much greater interest than developments in India. Indian policies toward China are broadly debated and handled at the highest level of the political leadership, in contrast to Chinese policies
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Publication information: Book title: The India-China Relationship: What the United States Needs to Know. Contributors: Francine R. Frankel - Editor, Harry Harding - Editor. Publisher: Columbia University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2004. Page number: 75.
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