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India, China and Sub-regional Connectivities in South Asia
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India, China and Sub-regional Connectivities in South Asia

Edited by:
  • D. Suba Chandran - National Institute of Advanced Studies, India
  • Bhavna Singh - Country Coordinator, V-dem Project, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Former Senior Research Officer, IPCS


October 2015 | 252 pages | SAGE India

An in-depth analysis of how India, China and other South Asian countries can cooperate on key challenges affecting their bilateral relationships

This book focuses on identifying the extant barriers and impending opportunities for effective coordination of transport infrastructure and enhancement of trade activities along the border regions of South Asian countries. It asserts that with pertinent policy guidelines and timely initiatives from the participating countries, unprecedented opportunities can be capitalized upon for consolidated economic growth of the region. It exposes how untapped resources, bureaucratic and political inertia and a lack of collective endeavour remain major impediments to bilateral and multilateral cooperation which, if surmounted, could pave the way for successful regional initiatives.

It will be indispensable to researchers and scholars of international relations, South Asia studies, international trade, comparative politics, political economy, and to the informed general reader.

 
Preface
 
I: BORDER TRADE AS A MEANS OF INTEGRATION IN SOUTH ASIA
Li Tao
Perspectives on Regional Cooperation: Envisaging a Sichuan Model
D. Suba Chandran
Border Trade in Ladakh, Tibet and Kashgar (LTK): Premature or Political Investment?
Teiborlang T. Kharsyntiew
Nathu La and the Opportunities for Sino-Indian Economic Rapprochement
Uttam Lal
Reviving Old Routes: Sino-Indian Border Trade via Himachal Pradesh
N. Vijaylakshmi Brara
Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh: India’s Gateway to Southeast Asia
Muinul Islam
Indo-Bangladesh Border Trade: Misconceptions and Realities of Regional Cooperation
 
II: EXPANDING CONNECTIVITY FOR GREATER COOPERATION IN SOUTH ASIA
Nishchal N. Pandey
Nepal as a Transit State: Scope for Sino-Indian Cooperation
D. Suba Chandran
Bridging the Karakoram: From Ladakh, Tibet and Kashgar to the Further West
Sanasam Amal Singh
Arunachal Pradesh: A Barb or Bridge between India and China?
Bhavna Singh
Border Trade and Connectivity in South Asia: A Sub-regional Approach—Some Conclusions
 
Index

Provides a roadmap on how trade and ties along the border with China, Bangladesh and Nepal could be expanded… [The book] presents a vision of what is possible if political suspicions were blown away in South Asia.

Civil Society, March 2016

“…a roadmap on how trade and ties along the border with China, Bangladesh and Nepal could be expanded”

Civil Society

This book commendably takes on a sector-by-sector analysis…it is highly recommended for researchers, policymakers and the people at large to have a firm grip on the substantive issues affecting sub-regional cooperation between China, India and the rest of South Asia.

South Asia Economic Journal,
Volume 17 (Issue 2), September 2016

[The book] looks at various aspects of the new emerging connections and also discusses areas where the countries of the South Asian region can build contact which will help in further improving the economic situation of the region.

The Book Review, June 2016

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D. Suba Chandran

D. Suba Chandran is a Director at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi. His primary areas of research include Pakistan’s internal security, Afghanistan and Jammu and Kashmir. He is currently working on ‘Indus Water Governance’—a study aimed at improving the process of water governance and addressing the concerns of various sub-regions in the Indus Basin region. He is also working on ‘State Failure in South Asia’, especially focusing on the stability–instability curve, and testing the hypotheses of cyclic failure and functional anarchy. He is the author of Limited War: Revisiting Kargil in Indo-Pak Conflicts (2005),... More About Author

Bhavna Singh

Bhavna Singh is Country Coordinator for the V-dem Project by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Former Senior Research Officer, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi. She is a Doctoral candidate at the Chinese division on the Centre of East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her work focuses on Chinese nationalism, sub-nationalisms and China’s foreign policy with regard to the USA, Japan and South Asia. She is particularly interested in separatist and sub-national tendencies in the regions of Xinjiang, Tibet, Taiwan and Inner Mongolia. She is the author of the book China’s Discursive... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789351503279
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