In conjunction with the Defence & Security Forum, the Asia Scotland Institute is delighted to bring this webinar on India/China relations. This year the growing friction between China and India has become apparent with Chinese and Indian troops facing off at multiple points on the remote, often disputed border between the two nations. The situation escalated on June 15 when Chinese and Indian soldiers clashed in the Galwan Valley. At least 20 Indian soldiers died in the skirmish, along with an unknown number of Chinese troops.
The border dispute between China and India caused a full-fledged war in 1962, and it has been a constant source of friction since then. But the recent violence is a serious escalation. It also demonstrates that despite the two countries efforts to achieve cooperation, their relationship is fundamentally competitive. More worryingly, it appears increasingly likely that it could escalate into conflict with significant wider implications for geopolitics in Asia.
This webinar will carefully consider these recent events on the India-China border and the underlying motivations of the two countries to assess the implications for the region. On the Panel we have Aaditya Dave, Dr Tanvi Madan and Paul Beaver,
Aaditya Dave is a Research Analyst focusing on South Asia in the International Security Studies department at the Royal United Services Institute. His research interests include South Asian foreign policy, regional security and strategic dynamics, Chinese engagement with South Asia and conflict resolution and reconciliation. Prior to joining RUSI Aaditya worked using open-source intelligence to identify specific hotspots for militant activity in South Asia for both private and public sector clients.
Dr Tanvi Madan is a senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program, and director of The India Project at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Madan’s work explores India’s role in the world and its foreign policy, focusing in particular on India’s relations with China and the United States. She also researches the intersection between Indian energy policies and its foreign and security policies. Madan is the author of the book “Fateful Triangle: How China Shaped US-India Relations during the Cold War” (Brookings Institution Press, 2020). She is currently completing a monograph on India’s foreign policy diversification strategy, and researching her next book on the China-India-US triangle.
Paul Beaver is a strategy advisor and historian with a special interest in China and the South China Sea. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of Jane’s Defence Weekly and was an advisor to the House of Commons Defence Committee for 15 years. He now advises companies and countries of a variety of strategy matters from space to armoured vehicles.
The webinar will take place on 3rd Jul at 1500hrs (BST). Register below by selecting ‘Book Tickets’ icon below.