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China and India: Prospects for Peace (Contemporary Asia in the World)

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ISBN-10: 0231150423
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(James T. Areddy China Real Time Report - a Wall Street Journal blog)

Mr Holslag provides a useful corrective to some of the more starry-eyed visions of a semi-cohesive "Chindia."


A timely overview of the emergent Sino-Indian rivalry.

(Sumit Ganguly H-Asia)

Holslag offers a thorough analysis of Chinese/Indian relations and their many dimensions.

(Rick Docksai World Futures Review)

Highly recommended.


This book is highly recommended for general readers and area studies scholars alike who want to know more about the relations between two Asian giants...

(Juliet Susanna Lobo Contemporary South Asia)


Jonathan Holslag offers a judicious and critical perspective on the prospects for 'Chindia'-the emergence of China and India as major trading states with shared threats to prosperity, and the view that this connection will foster long-term Sino-Indian security cooperation. Holslag's research and analysis shows that Chinese and Indian engagement in international commerce has contributed to competition, rather than cooperation, in neighboring regions, and that such engagement cannot ameliorate the strategic sources of their enduring conflict. A much-needed, balanced assessment of the prospects for Sino-Indian cooperation.

(Robert Ross, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government)

A comprehensive, strategic treatise, this book provides valuable insight into the dynamics of the increasingly competitive relationship between the world's two most populous countries.

(Brahma Chellaney, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi)

A deep and incisive study that sets a new standard for work in Sino-Indian relations. Jonathan Holslag looks at and analytically integrates these two dimensions impressively, stressing growing economic links yet concluding that an economic rivalry still exists and is likely to grow. Holslag's account is subtle and complex yet highly readable. It is an absolute necessity for anyone seeking to understand this complex and increasingly important relationship.

(John W. Garver, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, and author of Protracted Contest: China-Indian Rivalry in the Twentieth Century)

Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Asia in the World
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231150423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231150422
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,952,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Loyd Eskildson HALL OF FAME on August 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In the last six decades China and India fell into war once (1962), and tottered on the edge five other times. No serious progress has been made on their underlying border dispute. The author believes that the two will not grow without additional conflict with each other, though hopefully it will not be military.

Half their labor forces (about 660,000) has to survive on what their owned/assigned farmland yields. Five decades ago both were reclusive, had comparable-sized economies ($239 billion for China in 1947, vs. $222 billion for India), and the world's two largest populations (536 million in China, 346 million in India). The lack of any strong personality available to fill the post-Mao leadership void left the CCP to focus instead on economic development to legitimize CCP leadership and provided an outlet for nationalism via economic development. Commercialization's increasing importance in China brought decentralization of economic authority to the provinces. The 1995 official visit of Taiwan's president to the U.S. led to belligerent proposals from China's military and Jiang's need to 'prove' his leadership via military exercises and missile salvos near Taiwan.

Natural labor force growth obliges China to create 55 million more jobs between 2010-2020, while India must add 316 million by 2045. About 54% of China's industrial output in 2007 was exported (and employed 75% of those in industry), compared to India's 28%.

The author sees continued growth in both nations creating competition in autos, agriculture, software, energy resources. Growing commercial ties will also pull states like Nepal out of India's sphere of influence; India's nuclear deal with the U.S. is viewed suspiciously in China, as is China's relationship with Pakistan viewed by Indians.
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By Tom on October 10, 2014
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Terrible. Stay away.
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