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China and India: Cooperation or Conflict?

Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu and Jing-dong Yuan
China and India: Cooperation or Conflict?
ISBN: 978-1-58826-193-9
ISBN: 978-1-58826-169-4
2003/205 pages/LC: 2003041371
A Project of the International Peace Institute and the Monterey Institute of International Studies


The hardline view of Sino-Indian relations found in the published reports of Indian and Chinese security analysts is often at considerable odds with the more tempered opinions those same analysts express in private interviews and conversations. What is the reality of the increasingly important security relationship between the two countries? The authors of this new study address that question in depth.

Sidhu and Yuan explore a range of key issues, including mutual distrust and misperception (perhaps the most important factor), the undemarcated border, the status of Tibet and Sikkim, trade, the tussle over various nonproliferation treaties, terrorism, the regional roles of the U.S. and Pakistan, and the impact of domestic public opinion and special interests. They do see a trend toward a more pragmatic approach in Beijing and New Delhi to managing differences and broadening the agenda of common interests. Nevertheless, they conclude, significant obstacles remain to the amicable relationship necessary for regional peace and stability, posing a daunting challenge to policymakers in these two rising powers.


Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu is on the faculty of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. He is coeditor of The United Nations and Regional Security: Europe and Beyond and China and India: Cooperation or Conflict?. Jing-dong Yuan is senior research associate at the Monterey Institute of International Studies Center for Nonproliferation Studies.


  • Introduction.
  • Imprisoned by History.
  • Locked in a (In)security Complex.
  • A Complex Menage-a-trois: China, India, and the United States.
  • The Long and Winding Road to Cooperative Security.
  • Decisionmaking in the Time of Popular Indifference.
  • Conclusion: Learning to Do Business.
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