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China and India: Great Power Rivals

Mohan Malik
China and India: Great Power Rivals
ISBN: 978-1-935049-41-8
$79.95
2011/468 pages/LC: 2011016169
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"One of those few books that in the words of Francis Bacon deserve 'to be chewed and digested.'"—S.D. Muni, Pacific Affairs

"An expansive, deeply researched examination of the competition's contours, ranging from the traditional flashpoints of Tibet and Pakistan to newer antagonisms involving maritime influence and access to natural resources."—David J. Karl, Asian Security

"Likely to become a standard reference."—Rajesh Basrur, Contemporary Southeast Asia

"A tour-de-force study of China and India as rising powers."—Andrew Scobell, RAND Corporation

"Presents a wealth of current research and information.... A 'must read' on these issues."—Stephen Thomas, University of Colorado, Denver

"A crucial study of Sino-India relations as a competitive symbiotic relationship with deep historical underpinnings."—Aurora Carlson, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs

DESCRIPTION

Despite burgeoning trade and cultural links, China and India remain fierce competitors in a world of global economic rebalancing, power shifts, resource scarcity, environmental degradation, and other transnational security threats. Mohan Malik explores this increasingly important and complex relationship, grounding his analysis in the history of the two countries.

Malik describes a geopolitical rivalry underpinned by contrasting systems, values, and visions. His comparative analysis covers the broad spectrum of challenges that China and India face. Drawing on his extensive research and on-the-ground experience, he concludes with a discussion of alternative strategic futures for Sino-Indian relations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mohan Malik is professor of Asian security studies at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. His most recent books are Religious Radicalism and Security in South Asia and Dragon on Terrorism: Assessing China’s Tactical Gains and Strategic Losses Post-September 11.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction.
  • THE BURDEN OF HISTORY
  • Strategic Cultures: Pax Sinica vs. Pax Indica.
  • India's China Debate: Eyeing the Dragon.
  • China Perceives India: "Great Power Dreamer."
  • FLASHPOINTS AND FAULT LINES.
  • Tibet and the Territorial Dispute.
  • The China-Pakistan-India Triangle.
  • Burma: Fulcrum of Rivalry.
  • The Proliferation Axis.
  • Multilateral Maneuvers.
  • WILL THE FUTURE RESEMBLE THE PAST?
  • Energy Flows and Maritime Rivalries in the Indian Ocean.
  • Triangles, Tilts, and Strategic Futures.