The Elephant and the Panda - India and China: Global Allies and Regional Competitors

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    The aim of this paper is to entangle the comparative political economic relations between India and China in a critical framework focusing on the bilateral and strategic foreign policy ties. The intention is then to discuss the intertwined geo-political and geo-economic foreign policy alignments in the global context where both countries share similar interests when it comes to opposing the United States and European Union in climate change policy, world trade and to a certain extent in security and energy matters. However disagreement persists on unresolved problems in terms of attracting FDI and other economic issues such as access to resources and energy. When it comes to the regional Asia settings, the global alignment and foreign policy convergence appears to be replaced by a much more competitive relation in strategic terms and the two entities act more as rivals for regional hegemony than as potential allies especially when it comes to access of energy resources. As a conclusion to the paper, a discussion of possible perspectives is provided by pointing to the soft versus hard power diplomatic relationship between the two countries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date5 Mar 2011
    Number of pages26
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2011
    EventGlobal India Workshop - University of Oxford, Wolfson College and the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme, Oxford, United Kingdom
    Duration: 4 Mar 20115 Mar 2011


    ConferenceGlobal India Workshop
    LocationUniversity of Oxford, Wolfson College and the Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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