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    • December 2009
    • 9780231150422
  • 248 Pages
  • Hardcover
  • $40.00
  • / £27.50


    • December 2009
    • 9780231520973
  • 248 Pages
  • E-book
  • $39.99
  • / £27.50

China and India

Prospects for Peace

Jonathan Holslag

For all their spectacular growth, China and India must still lift a hundred million citizens out of poverty and create jobs for the numerous laborers. Both powers hope trade and investment will sustain national unity. For the first time, Jonathan Holslag identifies these objectives as new sources of rivalry and argues that China and India cannot grow without fierce contest.

Though he recognizes that both countries wish to maintain stable relations, Holslag argues that success in implementing economic reform will give way to conflict. This rivalry is already tangible in Asia as a whole, where shifting patterns of economic influence have altered the balance of power and have led to shortsighted policies that undermine regional stability. Holslag also demonstrates that despite two decades of peace, mutual perceptions have become hostile, and a military game of tit-for-tat promises to diminish prospects for peace.

Holslag therefore refutes the notion that development and interdependence lead to peace, and he does so by embedding rich empirical evidence within broader debates on international relations theory. His book is down-to-earth and realistic while also taking into account the complexities of internal policymaking. The result is a fascinating portrait of the complicated interaction among economic, political, military, and perceptional levels of diplomacy.

About the Author

Jonathan Holslag is head of research at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies and an expert for the European Commission's EU-China Academic Network (EC-AN). He has published extensively on China's foreign policy strategy in Asia.


James T. Areddy

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

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

Rick Docksai

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

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Sino-Indian Rivalry in an Era of Globalization1. Emerging Trading States2. The Evolution of Sino-Indian Relations3. Ricardo's Reality4. Shifting Perceptions5. The Military Security Dilemma6. Regional Security CooperationConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex