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Orbits of Influence: The Sino-Indian Waltz in South/Southeast Asian New Regionalism

  • Ajay Parasram
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Abstract

This chapter faces China from the vantage point of the South/Southeast Asian region. It analyzes Sino-Indian contestation for influence in their overlapping regional “orbits” of political, military, and economic influence. Looking at the Bay of Bengal, clashes over territory, and the role of Sri Lanka and Burma as sites of competition for power, I argue that the two countries are learning to cooperate and compete in ways that are respectful of one another’s vital role in Asia and the world more generally. The Sino-Indian ‘waltz’ demonstrates postcolonial learning rather than hegemonic competition as understood in realist or liberal theoretical approaches. China and India are hardly friends, however, their bilateral and regional relations suggest that they have learned too much to not be respectful of one another’s strategic interests. This chapter explores some important contours of the bilateral and regional relationship between the Dragon and the Elephant to better understand the evolving regional geopolitical and economic landscape of the 21st century.

Keywords

Foreign Policy Bilateral Trade Soft Power Free Trade Area Bilateral Relation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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