‘China-India: Regional Dimensions of the Bilateral Relationship’

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While the Sino–Indian relationship has improved in recent years, it
continues to oscillate between periods of cordiality and competition.
This is exacerbated by a fundamental mismatch of threat perceptions
between both states, rooted in the shifting balance of power and conflicting
signals in the bilateral relationship. Moreover, the rise of both
countries as major powers has provided them with new tools and platforms
to interact with each other, contributing to a spillover of the Sino–
Indian relationship from the bilateral to regional levels. Nowhere is this
spillover effect or “nested security dilemma” more evident than in the
maritime domain—amid the rise of both countries as major trading and
resource-consuming powers. After charting the evolution of the Sino–
Indian relationship, this article examines the implications of the changing
nature of the Sino-Indian relationship on Asia’s expanding strategic
geography and US policy making toward Asia.
Original languageEnglish
JournalStrategic Studies Quarterly
VolumeWinter 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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