Academic journal article Indian Foreign Affairs Journal

The Rise of China: Implications for India

Academic journal article Indian Foreign Affairs Journal

The Rise of China: Implications for India

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Harsh V. Pant (Ed.), The Rise of China: Implications for India (New Delhi: Cambridge University Press India, 2012), Pages: 270, Price: Rs. 795.

Geography has made it impossible for India and China to ignore each other. The unmatchable rise of China has given rise to a number of issues which New Delhi needs to understand and adjust with. With economic growth there is also an increase in the desire for military growth and supremacy within China. Beijing has been working consistently towards building a strong army. This has gained further international attention in the post-financial crisis scenario, which indicates that the United States may be declining in its global stature. Meanwhile, as the two economies of China and India grow, the demand for energy and resources also will increase, and this increases the areas where these two countries have to interact constantly.

The book under review consists of ten chapters divided into sections discussing China's domestic developments, foreign policy and India policy. The contributors argue that China will try every possible means to limit and restrain the rise of other regional powers like India and Japan; where India is concerned, by trying to box it in the South Asian region.

Though China and India have a number of unsettled bilateral issues (border dispute, Tibetan government-in-exile) they cannot avoid interacting and competing with each other. Interaction is unavoidable as both are important players in the international arena. But competition is unavoidable as both countries are working towards gaining the limited resources and energies available in the global market. However, the two countries are also interacting bilaterally more and more. As Bibek Debroy points out, "From Hindi-Chini bhai-bhai, we have moved to Hindi-Chini buy-buy" (p. 49). Meanwhile, Chinese influence in the South Asian region is growing. The Pakistan-China "all-weather friendship" is an accepted fact. Recently, Beijing has also been working towards having closer ties with countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. …

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