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Mar 12

Cold Peace: China-India Rivalry in the Twenty-First Century

The 21st Century is likely to witness Asia’s two largest civilizations – China and India – join the United States in an elite club of global superpowers. By some economic indicators, the two Asian giants are already the second and third largest economies in the world, and they are developing world-class militaries to complement that economic clout. While Beijing and Delhi have spent the past 50 years free from armed conflict, elements of rivalry have shadowed the relationship since the two countries went to war in 1962 over their disputed Himalayan border. In the 21st Century, the rivalry has evolved in unpredictable ways, as India has moved toward a strategic partnership with the U.S. and has expressed growing concerns about Chinese aggression and militarism. 

In Cold Peace: China–India Rivalry in the Twenty-First Century, Jeff M. Smith examines the complex layers of the contemporary China–India rivalry. He draws from over 100 interviews with subject-matter experts, government officials, and military officers in India, China, and the United States between November 2011 and July 2013. Additionally, he brings the special benefit of his rare and unique field research at the disputed China–India border in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh; at the contested town of Tawang in the Himalayas; at Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan Government in Exile; at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands; and on Hainan Island, which administers China’s South China Sea territories. 

Jeff M. Smith is the Director of South Asia Programs and the Kraemer Strategy Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. He is the Co-Editor of the World Almanac of Islamism 2014 as well as a contributing author to India-U.S. Partnership: Asian Challenges and Beyond and serves as the chair of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy South Asia Discussion Group. Smith earned an MPIA from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and studied abroad at Oxford University in 2005.

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Jeff M. Smith
Director, South Asia Program and the Kraemer Strategy Fellow, American Foreign Policy Council and author of Cold Peace

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Walter Lohman Walter Lohman

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