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Cooperation Or Conflict?

Teshu Singh

Edited by D.P. Tripathi and B.R. Deepak
Vij Books, New Delhi, 2012, pp. 302, Rs. 798.00

VOLUME XXXVII NUMBER 2-3 February/March 2013

The book under review is the result of an endeavour by the journal Think India Quarterly committee. The committee came out with a special issue to mark the sixtieth anniversary of diplomatic ties between India and China. This volume is the product of this special issue; albeit a few more chapters were included later. It includes eighteen papers where scholars from both sides of the border have contributed. The year 2012 marks the fiftieth year of the 1962 war between India and China. Thus the book is an effort to understand the major irritants in bilateral relationship and thereby explore common grounds of cooperation for the vision of Asia. In the introductory chapter Mani Shankar Aiyar discusses the bottomline of the bilateral relationship. He highlights the role played by the political leaders and institutions especially Jawaharlal Nehru and Shantiniketan and weaves a case for constructive engagement with China. Subsequently, Ambassador Zhang Yan looks into the India China relations optimistically. Bringing the historical fact to the attention of the readers B.R Deepak expounds the contribution of Ji Xianlin (Chinese Indo-logist), the ambassador of India-China friendship and cultural exchanges between China and India. Highlighting the fact that in world history, India and China are the only countries having close proximity and similar experiences, Wang Bangwei has explored complementarities between the two nations. He has traced the epistemology of the term Zhongu and Yindu in a very naive fashion. He is appreciative of Jairam Ramesh for coining the term ‘Chindia’ in contemporary times. Citing primary sources and historical evidences he affirms that India is the home of Buddhism and interestingly concludes, in this new century both countries should come together under the big tree and make historical contribution to world peace. In an interesting profiling Sudheendra Kulkarni brings out the major achievements of Wen Jiabao. This particular paper will draw the attention of readers for the constant contrast and comparison with the present leadership change. Cheng Ruisheng takes account of the historical relations between India and China and emphasizes that it is not just rhetoric that India-China friendly relations are in conformity with the fundamental interests of the two nations but a fact. Gradually the bilateral relations have become mature over a period of time, it can be expected that the unstable factors in their relations would be eventually removed so that there is mutual trust between the two countries. Taking a step ahead ...

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