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The India-China Relationship: What the United States Needs to Know

The India-China Relationship: What the United States Needs to Know

by Francine Frankel, Harry HardingFrancine Frankel


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As we move further into a new century, the two most populous nations on earth, China and India, continue a long and tangled relationship. Given their contested border, their nuclear rivalry, their competition for influence in Asia, their growing economic relations, and their internal problems, interaction between these two powers will deeply affect not only stability and prosperity in the region, but also vital U.S. interests. Yet the dynamics of the Chinese-Indian relationship are little known to Americans.

This volume brings together scholars from political science, history, economics, international relations, and security studies to add depth to our understanding of China-India relations. Throughout, the contributors address three common questions: what are the similarities and differences between the two countries' strategic cultures, domestic circumstances, and international environments? What are the broader international contexts for their bilateral relations? And what parallels and tensions exist between their national interests? U.S. policymakers, the academic community, and the informed public require fresh thinking and greater attention to India-China relations, as both countries promise to be of strategic importance to the United States in the decades ahead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231132367
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/07/2004
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Francine R. Frankel is Madan Lal Sobti Professor of Advanced Indian Studies and director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania.

Harry Harding is dean of the Elliott School for International Affairs at George Washington University.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Winston Lord and Frank G. Wisner
Part 1. Historical Overview
1. Introduction, by Francine R. Frankel
2. Perception and China Policy in India, by Steven A. Hoffman
3. One-Sided Rivalry: China's Perceptions and Policies toward India, by Susan Shirk
Part 2. Dimensions of the India-China Relationship
4. India and China: Border Issues, Domestic Integration, and International Security, by Sumit Ganguly
5. China and India in Asia, by Ashley J. Tellis
6. The Nuclear and Security Balance, by George Perkovich
7. Economic Reforms and Global Integration, by T. N. Srinivasan
8. Convergent Chinese and Indian Perspectives on the Global Order, by James Clad
9. Quiet Competition and the Future of Sino-Indian Relations, by Mark W. Frazier
Part 3. Implications for the United States
10. The Evolution of the "Strategic Triangle" among China, India, and the United States, by Harry Harding

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