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January 22, 2014

International Conference on India-China Relations: Implications for Peace and Prosperity of Asia

What often gets sidelined is the fact that India and China were not each other’s immediate neighbours before the 1950s. Tibet was a strategic buffer between the two. Their knowledge of each other was limited. The Himalayas, traditionally a natural barrier in the North, kept them separated. The Chinese annexation of Tibet altered the situation so much as remain an eternal source of tension in Sino-Indian relations. Long before the 1962 war Tibet began to plague Beijing and Delhi’s relationship when China accused India of trying to undermine its rule in Tibet while India charged China with suppressing Tibetan autonomy. The 1962 war served to solidify those suspicions. This has had both strategic and tactical consequences. Not only India and China but the other world has not given much importance to the completion of 50 years (1962-2012) of India-China War. During these five decades the relations between these two countries were not stable, specifically during Cold War period. The defeat brought the Nehru era to a sad end and the years that followed saw the turbulent transition to the Indira Gandhi era. The visits of the successive Prime Ministers of India, Rajiv Gandhi in 1988 and P.V. Narasimha Rao in 1993 to China, created supportive environment for the normalization of relations between the two Asian giants. But, the Sino-Indian relations since 2007 have not been even. Though the efforts were sincere and serious, the talks on resolving the border issue were stalled. What is more, there have been reports of increased Chinese incursions across the Line of Actual Control, and increased Chinese activity in the Northern Areas of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). The continuing Chinese military build-up, the growth of its infrastructure in Tibet and the nationalistic rhetoric coming out of China have raised the specter of another Sino-Indian clash.

Still India and China are continuing their normal relations which is evident from the exchange of visits at the highest political level; opening up the opportunities of commerce, economic cooperation, joint ventures as well as trade; continuation of dialogue at academic, cultural and intellectual levels.

In the process of integration, China and India, given the size of their populations, as well as their central strategic position in international and regional relations, will inevitably play fundamentally important, and sometimes even dominating, roles. Spectacular growth rates of their economies has an enormous impact on the global and regional economy. Their import capacity has created the new basis for Asian regional growth while many Asian economies’ exports to India and China have been substantially rising over the recent years. The result is that Asian countries are becoming less dependent on the North American and European markets, and more on the Indian and Chinese markets. As a result, both the countries have intensified their regional initiatives and India and China have emerged as crucial players in the regional economic integration process in Asia. The bilateral initiatives of India and China are driven by both economic and political factors, including the so-called ‘domino effect’ or ‘fear of exclusion’.

Under these circumstances, the relevant question today is whether India and China are destined to remain rivals? Not necessarily. But this would require accommodating each other’s aspirations. Their relations can be cooperative or confrontationist, or a mixture of both. There is also an asymmetry in the balance of power between China and India, as a result of the strategic behavior of the former is unpredictable.

Since the Prime Ministers of India and China have already declared the year 2014 as the 'Year of Friendly Exchanges' to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the enunciation of ‘Panchsheel’- the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, the Centre for Southeast Asia & Pacific Studies is holding a three-day International Conference on “India-China Relations: Implications for Peace and Prosperity of Asia” on October 11-13, 2014. It is our pleasure to request you to contribute a scholarly paper on one of the following subthemes:

Historical perspective of India-China relations
India and China in Asian regionalization
Geopolitics and the role of India and China
Bilateral Trade
Foreign Direct Investment
Energy security and environmental sustainability
Maritime security and cooperation
Cultural relations
Comparative literature
People to people contacts
Information and Communication Technology
Any other relevant theme

Abstract Submissions (Deadline 31 March 2014)
Abstracts of no more than 300 words including key words should be submitted to icr14.india[at]gmail[dot]com 31 March 2014.

All abstracts will be reviewed by a voluntary team, the decision of which will be notified on 7 April 2014 (visit for the notification: http://svuniversity.ac.in/Dept/About_Dept.aspx?college_id=1&D_id=126

The following information is required in the following order:

Title of paper - bold-faced and centered in upper/lower case;
Name(s) of the author(s);
Affiliation(s) of the author(s);
Address(es) of the author(s);
E-mail address(es) of the author(s); and

Full Paper Submissions (Deadline 30 June 2014)
Paper submitted to the conference must be original and have not been submitted, presented or published in any other academic meetings and publications. All papers which will be subjected to a blind review must be written in English. Authors will be requested to submit the abstract and paper through e-mail attachment in Word 2007 to icr14.india[at]gmail[dot]com

The paper should not be more than 15 single spaced pages excluding tables and figures with a font size of 12 pt. Papers should be typed on standard A4 paper using Times New Roman or equivalent with 1 inch margins on the left and right of the page. All accepted papers will be included in the conference's proceedings to be published by the Centre for Southeast Asian & Pacific Studies, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, in a volume with ISBN. Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings on the condition that at least one of the authors is registered for the conference.

The following information is required in the following order:

Title of paper - bold-faced and centred in upper/lower case;
Abstract of paper
Name(s) of the author(s);
Affiliation(s) of the author(s);
Address(es) of the author(s); and
E-mail address(es) of the author(s);

References should be placed in an alphabetical order at the end of the text, appearing as follows:

Siddiqi, Muhamad Nejatullah. Partnership and Profit-Sharing in Islamic Law. Leicester: The Islamic Foundation, 1985.

Hamid, S, Craig, R and Clarke, F. “Religion: A Confounding Cultural Element in the International Harmonization of Accounting.”, Journal of Accounting Finance and Business Studies 29 (1993).

Best Paper Awards: Three best papers, evaluated by a Committee, would be awarded with the Certificates of Appreciation and a memento. One of these three is earmarked for the young scholars.

Posted by zzhu at January 22, 2014 01:05 PM