India and China: Rethinking Borders and Security

By LHM Ling, Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Payal Banerjee, Nimmi Kurian, Mahendra P Lama, and Li Bo
Michigan University Press
2016

Challenging the Westphalian view of international relations, which focuses on the sovereignty of states and the inevitable potential for conflict, the authors from the Borderlands Study Group reconceive borders as capillaries enabling the flow of material, cultural, and social benefits through local communities, nation-states, and entire regions. By emphasizing local agency and regional interdependencies, this metaphor reconfigures current narratives about the China India border and opens a new perspective on the long history of the Silk Roads, the modern BCIM Initiative, and dam construction along the Nu River in China and the Teesta River in India.