The Future of India-China Relations

11 June 2020

Listen to the 44th episode of ThoughtSpace (above) featuring Shyam Saran, Former Foreign Secretary and Senior Fellow, CPR and Yamini Aiyar, President & Chief Executive of CPR.

In the last few weeks, a crisis has been brewing on our borders between India and China over the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Late last week, in an unprecedented move, top Generals from both countries met to seek a resolution to the crisis. The discussions have opened up the prospects of a second phase of dialogues. Against the backdrop of these dialogues, we explore the dynamics of India-China relations, the nature of this particular border dispute and the immediate and long-term implications this may have on India-China ties. 

Saran, who is an expert on China, sheds light on the history of border disputes with China despite the LAC, the growing asymmetry of power between the two countries and calls for constraining Chinese aggression by cultivating strong ties with countries like the US.  He also highlights that it is important to continue engaging on issues that may be mutually beneficial while at the same time confronting China where Indian interests are being threatened.

The views shared belong to individual faculty and researchers and do not represent an institutional stance on the issue.