Addressing a Conundrum
C.V. Ranganathan
CHINA AND INDIA: COOPERATION OR CONFLICT by Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu India Research Press, New Delhi, 2004, 204 pp., price not stated
March 2004, volume 28, No 3

The Centre for Non-Proliferation Studies in the Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA, along with the United States Institute of Peace and the Cooperative Monitoring Centre at the Sandia National Laboratories, USA, funded and supported the research and publication of the above volume. The Indian co-author was formerly with the International Peace Academy, USA, and Delhi University. His partner, an expatriate Chinese scholar is with the Monterey Institute. The book is perhaps the first of its kind in contemporary times where a scholar each from India and China have collaborated to take an indepth look at relations between India and China since the former’s independence and the latter’s emergence as the People’s Republic. The co-authors had the benefit of basing their book on extensive printed materials and interviews with policymakers, academia and intellectuals in both countries to whom they seem to have had easy access.In the blurb on the book the authors say that it seeks to address a conundrum. To quote, “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”.

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