Over the years, Indian foreign policy from being Pak-centric has become Sino-centric. There are two schools of thought among scholars and policy makers about India-China relation. For some, because of geopolitical reasons, India and China are rivals and will continue to be so in foreseeable future. For others, there cannot be Asian renaissance, unless and until two Asian giants viz. India and China are not coming together to manage regional and global affairs. India-China potential partnership will change the nature of global politics and it will mark shifting of global power from America to Asia. Economic interests and various global issues from trade to climate are compelling them to become partners. However, their intense bilateral and regional rivalry makes it difficult for them to transform their relations from being enemies to future allies.
The proposed talk among other things will discuss the following issues/questions:
• Is there any possibility of India China becoming allies from enemies and transforming the global politics?
• Will Sino-Indian rivalry or partnership lead to regional and global instability or peace?
• What will be its impact on regional and global security?
• How will it impact intractable global issues such as Kashmir and Tibet?
• What will be the response of the world in general and the US in particular?
• How will India and China’s neighbors react to their partnership?
Tej Pratap Singh is Professor in the Dept. of Political Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. He is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Dept. of International Relations & European Studies, CEU. His area of research is Indian foreign policy, India-China relations, political violence, Left Wing Extremism and Maoist Insurgency in India. He was a Visiting Fellow in Center of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge (2011), Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Waterloo, Canada (2009) and Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow (2008).