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Out of the two approaches I mentioned in my presentation i.e. the political economy and the political ecology approaches I think the political ecology approach is not only relevant but also desirable mainly on account of the following reasons:
The societies in the developing world, particularly China and India, are mainly political partners in the processes of modernisation without being historical partners, meaning thereby modernisation in these countries was introduced through their incorporation in the world market, whereby the then existing social contract were abruptly broken and replaced by economic contractual and market relations. This led to new forms of spatial and social relations. Some of the main manifestations of these were, as I mentioned, dematerialisation and metabolic rift.
These simply stand for the disruptions that took place between the environment and society, for example the hydraulic societies, and the self sufficient village societies in the Orient were replaced by the proletarian reserves for the trading companies. Similarly the environment which stood for self sufficiency and self reliance was replaced by spatial dependencies. Urban centres became the users and exporters of whatever was produced in the rural sectors and, in the process, became consumers of the products produced elsewhere. Today the urban centre has become the focal points of standarisation of cultures and tastes etc leading to the elimination of cultures that have made India and China were so rich and vivid.
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Wednesday, 13 March 2013
‘Globalisation and the ‘Emerging Giants’ - China and India - Challenging the World: a Note’
By Dr. Sumit Roy*
originally appearing in the EIAS Newsletter, November 2010
Dr Sumit Roy is Visiting Senior Research Fellow, School of International Relations and Strategic
Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. This ‘Note’ is based on his Occasional Paper,
‘Globalisation and the ‘Emerging Giants’-China and India,’ May 2010, published by the School of
International Relations and Strategic Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. Available on
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Globalisation, an historical process of interlocking nations, encapsulates a vision of a ‘world without
borders.’ A key challenge is the political economy of the relationship between globalisation and the
‘Emerging Giants’, China and India, underscored by structural transformation and their capacity to
reshape national and global destinies. This approach captures their mounting power, pursuit of
economic liberalisation and strategic ties.
The Emerging Giants (EG) have been intensifying their hold on the world political economy. They
account for about 40% of the world‟s population and show high growth rates in recent years (China
over 9% per annum and India over 8% per annum) set within a „centralised‟ and a „mixed‟ structure.
Their strong position is underlined by the growth of their share of global GDP over time (from 16.4%
in 1913, falling to 8.7% in 1950 and then rising to 12.59% average between 1985 and 1995 and 16.88%
between 1995 and 2003 and forecast to surpass 40% by 2025-30). Stemming from the opening up of
the EG through trade and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) linkages, which are expected to be
intensified, this is more marked in China than in India. EG trade, seen as a proportion of global GDP,
rose from 1.1% (1990) to 3.6% (2004). China revealed a rise from 1% in 1990 to 2.8% in 2004 while
India‟s trade rose from 0.1% in 1990 to 0.8% in 2004.
The importance of EG-world economic exchange is seen in the relative share of trade in domestic
GDP. In 2008, China (40%) and India (30%) mirrored eachother in their sharply increasing demand for
commodities, raw materials and manufactured goods. FDI, too, as a ratio of their domestic GDP,
though more modest than trade, is expected to rise quickly, especially in China. The recent financial
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crisis (2008) has adversely hit most countries, including the EG, but the latter, unlike developed
countries, had positive rates of growth during this phase. There has been a gradual return in 2010 to
their pre-crisis growth rates. Indeed, the EG, and especially China, are seen as a major force in lifting
the world economy out of the recession.
Forecasts see China as the second largest economy in the world by 2016 and India as the third largest
by 2035. However, low per capita income, inequality and poverty in the EG are likely to persist over
this time frame. By 2050, the total production in China is expected to be 60% larger than in the USA,
with India‟s being about equal with the latter.
The EG have also been enhancing their political prowess through bilateral, regional and multilateral
policies. China‟s foreign relations have been motivated by its desire for national sovereignty and
territorial security, accompanied by a defensive military stance. India‟s was circumscribed by Cold
War priorities but, in the post Cold War era, it has been building strategic political and economic
alliances at all levels. Intra China-India rivalries pose new tensions over regional and global security
but they could pave the way, along with the existing powers (eg.USA), to re-order world order and
peace. This has been accompanied by a call for more EG influence over policies on finance,
development, trade and peace through the Bretton Woods institutions, i.e. the IMF, the World Bank,
the WTO and the United Nations, as well as the G20 (which includes membership of developed (G8)
and major developing nations). The urgency to overcome the recent financial crisis has reinforced the
need to accommodate the EG more fully in such institutions.
The future of the world, therefore, is irrefutably tied to that of China and India. Structural
transformation has underpinned the integration of the EG into the world economy. This has been
galvanised through market based domestic and external liberalisation, unfolding a shift from a „closed‟
agricultural to an „open‟ industrial and technological economy.
Pre-liberalisation measures provided the context for liberalisation thrusts and enhanced or thwarted the
latter. Chinese pre-reform measures created a strong basis for subsequent restructuring of the economy,
resulting in high savings with significant capital formation, investment in infrastructure, health care,
literacy and primary health care, and the virtual elimination of landlessness. In contrast, the pre-reform
phase in India was marked by landlessness, poverty and inequality and relatively low rates of growth
(4-5% per annum).
Liberalisation in China was initiated in 1978, in the post-Mao era, with market-based thrusts in
agriculture, industry and services, state-owned sectors and de-regulation of product prices. India‟s
liberalisation, in the early 1990‟s, set out to restructure the economy selectively, initially the domestic
and then the external sector, through intensifying the market. Essentially, liberalisation has been much
more prominent in China, compared with India, through export-led growth and foreign direct
investment in the framework of „strategic liberalisation.‟ However, in both, debates on an undue
curbing of the state and the prevalence of poverty, inequality and exclusion of specific groups (rural
and urban poor, the marginalised, etc), due to liberalisation, have stressed that these problems have to
be overcome. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, there is a global onslaught on the market and re-
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emphasis on the state, while being more cautious of ‘opening up’ economies. This is exemplified by the
EG, which boosted state fiscal and monetary expenditure with reliance on the domestic sector to re-
Strategic ties of the EG with each other and with other regions are major drivers in boosting their long-
term growth and political influence. This unfolds mutual cooperation to enhance their goals in spite of
‘old’and „new‟ economic, political and military tensions, while intensifying trade and investment links
with developing regions, exemplified by Africa, as a source of raw materials (especially of energy) and
markets, underscored by a shift from Cold War ideology and politics to Post-Cold War economic
There is hope that the EG will usher in a more balanced and a more equal world. This, however, is
fraught with new challenges.
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Global Policy Essay, March 2012
China and India and Security:
Dr. Sumit Roy
China and India – coined as the ‘Emerging Giants’ - face security challenges - ‘old’ and ‘new’ tensions; the former stemming from historical territorial disputes and the latter from mounting economic, military and political rivalries. This essay captures the nature of the ‘new’ tensions, embedded in ties with nations in Asia and beyond, and the scope of inducing cooperation between both. This is underpinned by diplomacy to foster their relationship. The prospects of improving understanding between the two nations and ushering in peace and development are posed.
Policy makers, in China and India, should firmly emphasise 'economic' cooperation in the areas of
trade and investment while confronting but diminishing the'political' issues stemming from border
disputes through periodic ' Mini Summits'.
Policy makers in China and India should devise regular jointly conducted first hand studies of specific
sectors (eg. agriculture, IT, services) to complement each other's short and long term economic
development alongside periodic reports on any border tensions and disputes.
Policy makers in China and India should stimulate the bonding of their relationship by pursuing mutual
goals of bolstering their global influence through an 'Agenda of Reform of international Institutions' via
existing institutions (Bretton Woods) as well as 'newer' institutions (G 20 and BRICS (Brazil, Russia,
India and China and South Africa) to revitalize controversial trade, finance, environment and security
International policy makers and developed country leaders should be allowed, when possible, to
participate in the dialogues between China and India and lend support through concrete measures in
the frame of global peace and development.
Essay (first appearing in Global Policy)
The nations, which account for 40% of the world’s population, are seen as the ‘Emerging Giants’ (EG), destined to reshape future destinies in the frame of globalisation - a process underscored by compression, a ‘blurring of national borders,’ and transnational relations. In fact the two are ‘re- emerging’ powers. They had a major hold on the international economy in the 18th and the 19th
century with 40% of global GDP. However, their share of global GDP started declining in the 20th
century from 16.4% in 1913 to 8.7% in 1950, rising to 12.59% (average between 1985 and 1995), and
16.88% (between 1995 and 2003). Forecasts suggest that this trend will continue and the EG will
regain their historical status with their share of global GDP exceeding 40% by 2025-30. Their
recent economic prowess is seen in high growth rates - China 10.6 % and India 8.2 % over 2006-11
(compound annual growth rate). Indeed, China will be the second largest economy in the world by 2016 and India the third largest by 2035. However, they will face key challenges such as poverty, low
per capita income, and inequality.
The relationship between China and India can be traced to the early years of the first millennium AD
when contact along the emerging Silk Road led to an exchange of goods and ideas between South
Asia and China. Anxieties, suspicions and conflicts between the two nations are of recent origin (i.e.
Tensions - ‘old’ and ‘new’ - between China and India are embedded in ties with nations in Asia and
China has more clout than India in south-east Asia. However, India is gradually making its presence felt
in this sub-region. This surfaced in the intensification of China’s ties with Myanmar (formerly Burma). To enhance its influence, India launched in the 1990’s its ‘Look East’ policy. It is no longer marginal to either the regional politics of south-east Asia or the greater power system that shapes it. Indeed, it is increasingly focusing on security issues in south-east Asia in spite of China’s prominence. In South Asia, India has wielded more influence than China. However, the latter has been making inroads into countries such as Nepal and Bangladesh. This is exemplified by China’s role as the major supplier of arms to Bangladesh. Implicit and explicit suspicions in South Asia between India and Pakistan persist.
Both are nuclear powers. This, understandably, arouses anxieties among nations within and beyond Asia. Of course, India has been somewhat uneasy about China’s military links with Pakistan.
However, India and Pakistan are keen to initiate trade and cultural exchange to offset military and
political rifts. Beyond Asia, the relationship between China, India and the US is critical. Alongside, China and India are gradually building strong economic ties with
Africa. This unfolds mounting competition between the two Asian powers over markets and resources.
The US could usher in convergence or divergence of interests in Asia. Washington and New Delhi
share normative values - democracy and strategic interests - seen in their firm stand against terrorism.
The US seeks to align with a major democracy - India, close to its global strategic interests, and a
rising China. India, in response, seeks to bolster its links with the US to enhance its prestige and
legitimacy as a nuclear power. At the same time India does not want to appear as challenging or
threatening China. In the past, the US has tried to pursue good relationship with both nations on trade
and multilateral issues. It should be stressed that India’s desire to minimize tensions with China may
be thwarted by deep-rooted border disputes - China’s strategic interests with Pakistan. The
anxiety of the US over Sino-Indian relations was expressed recently when James Clapper, a ‘US top
intelligence official,’ reported in a testimony to the US Senate that the Indian army may be preparing
for a limited conflict with China. The capacity of the US to balance geopolitics in the region requires
careful and deft diplomacy.
The China-India-Africa relationship suggests intense future competition over resources and markets, though China is ahead in the race.
‘Old’ tensions are rooted in territorial disputes. These reveal conflict over Tibet in the 1950’s and
deep suspicion over rival claims - India’s over Aksai Chin and China’s over Arunachal Pradesh
climaxing in the October 1962 war between the two nations. This has been the crux of mutual
suspicions and anxieties. Despite the rhetoric of friendship, this can frustrate their long term
relationship. Alongside, surprises and doubts arise from India’s relationship with Pakistan, and China’s
support for the latter along India’s Kashmir and China’s Xinjiang province and Arunachal Pradesh,
along India’s North East and Tibet’s South. Sadly, the war between China and India in 1962 and the
breakdown of relations between the two nations shattered Jawaharlal Nehru’s ‘Asian dream.’ This
was based on his vision of both nations facilitating the rediscovery of Asia’s pride of place after years
of living in the shadow of the West. After the 1962 war India moved close to the Soviet Union while
China reinforced its ties with Pakistan. ‘New’ tensions stem from mounting economic,
military and political rivalries. This, however, has been mingled with the desire to co-operate. This
was intensified from the early 1990’s onwards with the onset of ‘liberalisation’, marked by a move from state to market-led policies and more exposure to the world economy. This approach was initiated in
China in 1978 and in India in 1990.
Trade relations have aroused much anxiety. Over the last decade, trade has been growing but the
balance has been in China’s favour. The only direct trade link between the two nations was reopened
after 44 years in July 2006 along the Nathu La Pass on the border between India’s Sikkim state
and China’s Tibet autonomous region. Bilateral trade has surged by 30% since 1990, when it was $
260 million; by 2006 it was $ 25 billion; by 2010 it went over $ 40 billion, and in 2011, it reached $
73.9 billion. It should be emphasised that China is India’s second largest trading partner. In textiles,
for instance, it may soon overtake the US as India’s key partner. China accounts for 5% of India’s trade
(volume). However, India accounts for only 0.8% of China’s trade (volume). Trade imbalance is
certainly a major challenge. China has a trade surplus with India of over $ 4 billion but it has
pledged to reduce the imbalance. The composition, too, reveals that India’s exports to China are
primarily natural resources, such as iron ore and other minerals. In contrast, China’s exports to India
are electronic goods, pharmaceutical products, and processed metals but the latter plans in the long
term to shift towards higher value added exports. In this context, their ambitious trade target is laudable
-$100 billion by April 2015.
Despite the unequal exchange, the relationship could be enriched through satisfying mutual economic needs and sharing experiences.
India could meet China’s growing appetite for raw materials (iron ore, steel and plastics) to feed its
massive manufacturing sector. China in return, could furnish its manufacturing expertise and
investment for Indian infrastructure. This has been welcomed as the sector needs overhauling.
However, critics in India emphasise the lack of transparency (eg.high level of subsidies) and their
anxiety over the sharply rising imports of clothes, electronic goods and even fireworks from China. It
responded by citing India’s blocking of investments in ports and telecommunications due to alleged
security concerns. However, both have a genuine desire to co-operate. As the Chinese President Hu
Jintao emphasised, the relationship between the two was “an opportunity and not a threat”.
Sharing experience, in an era of liberalisation, could usher in long term socio-economic
development in both. They have to drastically improve the livelihoods of their poor. China’s
industrialisation has been impressive: high domestic savings rate (43%), marked progress in
building infrastructure, surging foreign investment, a vast reservoir of hardworking low cost labour, and
meeting basic needs of its citizens. It is more attractive than India for most manufacturing but is
weak in some fields - retailing, distribution, and professional services (eg. accountancy, medicine,
consulting). India, in contrast, has been ahead in the services sector due to its highly skilled
workforce in the scientific, technical, managerial, and professional areas, information technology,
supported by its English language proficiency. It’s private sector, too, has been more positive about
economic reform and globalisation. Indeed, it could support China’s expansion of ICT skills and
participation in the global knowledge economy. Alongside, the hardware sector in India could be
strengthened through collaboration with China. Such interaction could establish them as major
players in global information technology.
Overall, however, China is the new ‘Flying Geese’ in Asia – the nation which takes the lead in trade
and investment to stimulate regional growth - a status previously occupied by Japan.
Military ambitions, however, heighten suspicions between China and India. This has been fuelled by
differences in the level of expenditure on defence. For instance, in early 2011, China spent $ 95 billion
on this critical sector in contrast to India’s $ 32.8 billion. This has intensified anxiety among
neighbouring nations. At the same time, the expenditure of the major world power - the US - on
defence was a much higher $ 700 billion. But it may still be feasible for China and India to increase their spending unlike developed nations, who are
slashing public expenditure including military budgets in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.
Hence, they are concerned about the military plans of both nations and its impact on peace in Asia.
Frictions have also arisen due to India’s apprehension about China building dams close to the Brahmaputra river. This, understandably, has military implications. However, both nations are
keen to continue discussions over their tensions. This was firmly voiced at their Delhi summit in
January 2012, when the wish to curb border disputes was explicitly emphasised. There have also been moves to advance military ties through joint action in international waters. Thus, China,
India and Japan, the three independent patrollers against piracy, have started to coordinate their
vigilance in the piracy infested waters off the Horn of Africa.
Beyond regional rivalries, China and India are keen on bolstering their economic and political prowess
on the international front. This is bound to be competitive but there is much scope of joining
forces to confront major shared concerns. This rests on their vision of a ‘new world order’ by
reshaping the nature of ‘global governance’ which centres on collective international policies. China
could support India’s desire to get a seat on the Security Council. This could enable both to assert
more influence on world peace and security. This gesture could also serve to improve mutual
goodwill. Essentially, they have the capacity to inject realism into major trade, finance and
developmental challenges - exemplified by trade negotiations - through the World Trade
Organization. Wen Jiabao, who took over as the Chinese Premier in 2003, called for more coordination between Beijing and New Delhi on multilateral trade to ensure a “fair, just and rational
global trade regime”. The financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath, too, have given rise to their role,
and especially that of China, in reviving the world economy. According to Wen, the governments and
enterprises of both should intensify exchange, promote mutual understanding, and encourage
beneficial cooperation. For instance, at the January 2012 Delhi meeting, they espoused such hopes
agreeing to pursue dialogues on international affairs and safeguard the interests of poor nations.
Optimism is aroused by China’s pledge to support and coordinate with India the hosting of the next
BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in India in 2012.
Diplomacy has galvanised the exchange between China and India. This unfolds shifting phases - friendship, withdrawal, and renewal. In 1954, Nehru, India’s Prime Minister, visited China and put
forward his doctrine of ‘Panchsheel’ based on five principles of co-operation. He sealed a bond of
friendship in 1954. However, this was abandoned after the border clashes in 1959. Chou Enlai visited
India in 1960 and suggested that China would relinquish Aksai Chin if India gave up Arunachal
Pradesh. This was rejected by India. The stalemate over the border issue has been a major hurdle.
Relations languished in the 1970’s. Ambassadorial ties were restored in 1976. There was a thaw in
relations over 1981-87. Rajiv Gandhi tried to resuscitate links in 1988. He was the first Indian
Prime Minister since 1954 to visit China. The Panchsheel Declaration was revived. The Chinese
Premier Li Ping visited India in May 1992 and he was followed by President Jiang Zemin’s in 1996.
Such exchanges unfolded over the subsequent years. But relations were not normalised till 2008
with more emphasis on economic co-operation. The visit of the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan
Singh, to Beijing in January 2008, marked a major success in diplomacy. A crucial document - ‘A
Shared Vision for the 20th Century of the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of China’ - was
signed by Wen Jiabao, the Prime Minister of China, and the Indian Prime Minister. They reaffirmed their resolve to confront ‘new’ and ‘old’ tensions. The desire of both to tackle sensitive issues such as the perennial border dispute keeps re-surfacing during diplomatic dialogues such as the recent Delhi 2012 summit. This, however, is framed by their strategic and pragmatic priorities.
Looking ahead, in an age of globalisation, cooperation on shared goals between China and
India could gradually diminish suspicions and anxieties. This could enhance the prospects of
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Globalisation and the 'Emerging Giants' - China and India and a New World Order? Lecture by Sumit Roy
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Lectures & Seminars Series
Globalisation is an historical process. Its contemporary phase is marked by
compression of the world, a blurring of national borders, and interlocking of
states driven by new information and communication technology and rapid
transportation. This is underscored by a shift in emphasis from state to non
state market led policies and the creation of a ‘new space’ which coexists with
the nation state. A major challenge is grappling with the relationship between
nations and globalization and its outcome for the domestic and the
international economy. In this context the focus of this seminar is on the
nature of integration of two major developing nations-China and India-coined
the ‘Emerging Giants’-into a changing world. This unfolds their mounting
economic prowess and their strategic ties- with each other, with nations in
Asia and beyond, and with international institutions. This is underpinned by
measures in both to induce structural transformation. Insights emerge into
their ushering in a new world order.
Globalisation is an historical process. It envisages ‘a world without borders.’
This is underscored by removal of economic barriers (trade, finance and
migration), interlocking of nations, and compression of the world through
information and communication technology and rapid transportation. It unfolds
a shift from the state to the market with the emergence of ‘a new space’ which
coexists with nation states desiring to integrate into the process while
pursuing national sovereignty. The emphasis in the future is expected to be on
the global level and on global institutions.
In this frame this paper explores a major challenge-the political economy of
the relationship between globalisation and China and India-coined the
‘Emerging Giants’ (EG)-and their strategic vision to reshape national and
global destinies underscored by structural transformation. This marks a
resurgence of their historical powers through bolstering strategic ties with
nations and institutions. This could pave the way for a new world order.
The EG dominate the world’s population (about 40%). It exercised major hold
on the world economy in the 18th and the 19th century. Indeed, in 1700 their
share of world income was 45.7 %: China’s being 23.1% and India’s being
22.6%. However, this started declining in the 20th century: from 16.4% in
1913 to 8.7% in 1950 but then rose to 12.59% (average between 1985 and
1995) and 16.88% (between 1995 and 2003). Forecasts suggest that the EG
will once again regain their grip and control over 40% of world GDP by 2025-
30. Hence, the two nations can be seen as the ‘re-emerging’ powers. This
arouses expectations of their reshaping the nature of development and
security though this may be mingled with new anxieties and uncertainties.
The mounting significance of the EG is mirrored in their high growth rate in
recent years. This is underscored by their ‘opening up’ in the frame of
different ‘models’ of development-‘centralized’ (China) and ‘mixed’ (India)
economy. This is encapsulated in China’s recent rate of growth of over 9%
and India’s of over 8% and EG trade as a % of global GDP rising from 1.1%
in 1990 to 3.6% in 2004. The exposure of their domestic economy to external
forces is marked by trade as a % of domestic GDP being about 40% in
China and about 30% in India and the hope that FDI, though currently
modest, will rise fast in the near future. On this basis, including FDI, China
has been more dynamic than India. However, both need to confront a major
challenge-poverty. China has made major strides compared with India.
Approximately 8% of its population are under ‘the poverty line’ in contrast to
India’s 28%. Indeed, China has been ahead of India in terms of meeting basic
needs-nutrition, health, and education, but both face mounting inter-sectoral,
inter-regional and inter-group inequalities. Amartya Sen, the Nobel economist,
recently emphasized that growth is necessary but it is critical to lift poverty on
all fronts. Certainly, India and China can learn from each other’s experience.
‘Public policy,’ according to Sen, has to support the goal of poverty alleviation
(New York Review of Books, 2011). This, however, requires uncovering the
nature of ‘public policy.’ This is intrinsically tied to the character of the state
and its capacity to cater for diverse and often conflicting interests. eg. the rural
and the urban poor, including the landless and small peasants and the urban
marginal, as well as the middle and the large landowners, small, middle and
large industrialists (domestic and foreign), and bureaucrats and professionals.
Hence, the struggle between different socio-economic groups to influence the
state is inseparable from ‘public policy’ and its implications for growth and
The EG, moreover, were able to withstand the financial crisis (2008), coined
the ‘Great Recession’ which adversely hit most nations. The EG could revive
their pre-crisis rate of growth with optimism on pursuing this in the future.
However, more recently, from early 2011 onwards, there is anxiety of a
‘second recession’ stemming from a financial crisis re-surfacing in US and
Europe –exemplified by a rise in their debts, a fall in the rate of growth, and a
rise in unemployment. This in turn could adversely affect the world economy.
In this respect, despite their aspirations the EG need to tackle poverty and
inequality. China is forecast to be the second largest economy in the world by
2016 and India the third largest by 2035. By 2050 total production in China is
expected to be 60% larger than in USA with India matching the latter. But low
per capita income, poverty and inequality in the EG are likely to bedevil the
The crisis (2008) highlighted the critical role of the EG in not only being able to
sustain their growth but also being pivotal in supporting recovery of the world.
Indeed, they are seen as the engines of growth in the future. China, with
reserves of about $ 3 trillion, has been under pressure, especially from the
USA, to curb imbalances between debtors (developed countries) and creditors
in the world. The need to revalue the Yuan has been emphasized on the
premise that it is overvalued. This has enabled China to boost its exports
while curbing imports from developed countries. There has been a call for her
to re-focus on stimulating domestic demand compared to the previous
emphasis on exports. This could lead to an increase in her imports and hence
the exports of developed countries. Indeed, China is seen as a possible
‘saviour’ of the recent (2011) financial crisis in Europe and US. But it has
challenged such notions. Its politicians have firmly asserted that as these
regions are responsible for the problems they should resolve them.
The crisis (2008) made it abundantly clear that the mounting economic
prowess of the EG has to be accompanied by matching political influence.
This should mirror the gradual shift in the balance of world power. This has to
go beyond simple technical reform such as marginally increasing the quota of
the EG in the Bretton Woods institutions. This is likely to create new
opportunities and challenges. The existing powers are unlikely to voluntarily
curb their own hold over world affairs.
The strategic vision of the EG has galvanized their urge to reshape national
and global destinies. This has rested on remoulding their economic, political
and military relationships on several fronts-with each other, with other nations
in Asia and beyond, and with international institutions.
First, the urge to curb ‘old’ (pre-1990) and ‘new’ (post 1990) tensions
between China and India –the division based on the era before and after
economic liberalization measures in India which intensified such measures
from 1990 onwards. Essentially, the ‘old’ tensions stemmed from inter China-
India rivalries and suspicions, rooted in military and territorial disputes while
the ‘new’ ones were due to rivalries and competition in the world markets.
Both nations have been increasing their expenditure on defence in spite of the
financial crisis ie. China ( $ 95 billion) and India ( $ 32 billion). This could
worsen tension and insecurity in Asia with adverse effects on the rest of the
world. At the same time dialogue and diplomatic exchange between China
and India have underscored long term targets to boost trade and investment
while minimizing potential historical threats to security. Indeed, at the bilateral
meeting between China and India in April 2011, both agreed on a trade target
of $ 100 billion by 2015, and, China pledged to reduce the trade imbalance
between the two nations which has been tilted against India.
Second, the EG have also been actively enhancing their relationships in Asia
and beyond– with South East Asia and the Pacific (eg. Thailand, Malaysia,
Burma, Japan), developing (eg. Africa) and developed (eg. US, Europe)
regions. This unfolds the EG building on their past links with developing
regions through bi-lateral and institutional exchange in Asia (SAARC, ASEAN
and APEC) and in Africa (AU). This has aroused frictions as China exercises
more power in S.E. Asia while India has greater influence in South Asia.
Moreover, the triangular relationship-China, India and US-impinges on such
exchange. Both China and India have been vying for the support of the US in
their regional policies in Asia. But at the same time they do not wish US to be
dominant in the region. The latter may see India as a balancing force in Asia
in the context of China’s mounting power.
The EG relationship with developing regions outside Asia-exemplified by
those with Africa- are of increasing importance. This has been growing since
the early 1990’s driven by the desire to accelerate industrialization through
access to scarce raw materials (eg. energy) and new markets. This has been
galvanized by a shift in the EG policies from politics and ideology, reminiscent
of the Cold War, to economic development in the Post Cold War era. The
scope of this ushering in economic diversification and development in Africa is
dependent on the extent to which the relationship is a balanced one. Again,
rivalries and competition between China and India over access to resources
(especially energy) and markets have surfaced. African nations and
institutions have to devise appropriate and timely policy responses to
maximize their own goals. ‘South-South cooperation’ with the EG could
enable Africa, and other developing regions, to break away from dependence
on developed nations. This is exemplified by BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India,
China and South Africa) which could form a pressure group to emphasise
policies which favour developing regions. Developed regions, of course, may
respond by re-thinking and reshaping their economic and political strategies
with developing regions to protect and enhance their own interests.
Third, the EG could be pivotal in reshaping global policies through
international institutions. They could confront the key challenge plaguing
developing nations-inadequate voice in financial, economic, climate change
and peace keeping. This impinges on initiating genuine ‘global governance’
through drastic reform of the institutions-IMF, World Bank, the WTO and UN,
and embracing the more recent G 20 ( comprising developed and rising
developing nations). This should encapsulate the aspirations of nation states
and non state actors-local and community based institutions and social
movements. These may work with, against, or beyond the state through cross
border cooperation. India, supported by China and developing nations, could
enhance its role in this process by satisfying its long cherished desire to get a
seat on the UN Security Council. The financial crisis, certainly, has intensified
the urgency of ensuring that policies of international institutions mirror the
wishes of the EG. Of course re-configuration of the global political economy
may arouse new political, military and security anxieties between and within
the existing (eg. US) powers and the EG. Institutions such as BRICS (Brazil,
Russia, India, China and South Africa) could be supportive in reforming
international institutions. However, this is questioned by sceptics. The
separate and often conflicting pursuits of the individual members may reign
It is essential to unravel the forces driving the mounting power of the EG and
their capacity to sustain their growth momentum. This rests on structural
transformation of their economy though based on different political economy
‘models.’ This uncovers a shift from a ‘closed’ agricultural to an ‘open’
industrial and technological society using market forces to usher in domestic
and external liberalization. This encapsulates curbs on state intervention with
the price mechanism guiding production, distribution and consumption.
A grasp of the pre-liberalisation era captures the conditions which either
eased or thwarted subsequent measures. The Chinese pre-liberalisation era
saw the establishment of a firm basis for executing reform-a high savings level
with significant capital formation, investment in infrastructure, health care,
literacy and primary health care, and the virtual elimination of landlessness. In
contrast, the Indian pre-reform era was marked by landlessness, high levels of
poverty and inequality, and relatively low levels of growth (4%-5%).
The ideology of liberalization to place emphasis on the market was
propagated by the ‘Washington Consensus.’ This was rooted in reducing the
role of the state in the economy and emphasizing the market to allocate
resources set in the context of ‘opening up’ and removing barriers to trade
and investment. This influenced the EG. But they evolved their own versions
under varying levels of domestic and external political pressures which
supported or opposed liberalization. It emerged in China in 1978 (in the post
Mao era) unleashing the use of markets in agriculture, industry and services,
state owned sectors, and de-regulation of product prices.
Liberalisation surfaced much later in India- in the early 1990’s- to selectively
use markets in the economy. The measures have been much more extensive
in China than in India based on export led growth and foreign direct
investment based on ‘strategic liberalisation’ which emphasized domestic
priorities. However, in both the curbs on the state and reliance on the market
has aroused controversy. This was due to exclusion of the poor and the
marginalized and worsening of inter-regional inequality in spite of the
professed benefits of the new approach.
Liberalization in China has been applauded due to a marked withdrawal of the
state in the economy and Maoist ‘centralised planning’ which were seen as
shackles on development. At the same time it is alleged that political
liberalization-exemplified by a lack of democracy and ‘human rights’-has yet to
unfold in China. This requires balancing economic and political rights. India’s
liberalization has been more gradual and protective set in a more ‘democratic’
system with diverse interests moulding policies. However, it too faces
challenges including dissatisfaction of groups in particular regions and
internal terrorism. Looking into the future it remains to be seen if both nations
will be able to retain their growth momentum and whether India will be able to
In the aftermath of the ‘Great Recession’ of 2008 the debate on the role of the
state versus the market and the extent to which an economy should be ‘open’
has re-surfaced in the EG and in the world economy. There has been an
onslaught on the limits of the market and the need to re-emphasise the state
in structuring policies at the national and the international level and the pitfalls
of rapidly ‘opening up’ economies. In fact state expenditure-fiscal and
monetary-coupled with stringent regulations over financial transactions have
been key factors in stimulating growth after the financial crisis. This is
illustrated by the use of ‘stimulus packages’ in the EG and developed
countries to revive the economy, with the former explicitly focusing on
domestic rather than external demand. The crisis has led to fresh debates on
the relevance of the ‘Washington Consensus’ and neo-liberal approaches and
the scope of evolving a ‘Beijing’ or even a ‘Delhi Consensus.’ This impinges
on a shift in the balance of power in the world.
The future of the global political economy is intrinsically tied to the role of the
rising powers. Hence, they are likely to occupy the centerpiece in the pursuit
of development and security in the world. This could enable them to have a
major influence in guiding national and global destinies. This makes it
essential to usher in genuine ‘global governance’ by revamping the role of the
state and the market and international institutions while encompassing non
state actors -exemplified by social and community institutions and movements.
No doubt the rise of the EG will induce opportunities and create tensions
between themselves and with developed nations. China’s potential, in
particular, as an economic, political and military power, is likely to be
challenged by its neighbours and by dominant nations. The US, specially, may
fear its diminishing role and hegemony in international affairs. This may
frustrate the ambitions of the rising powers. In essence, the vision of China
and India ushering in a new world order poses major challenges. These may
unfold in unpredictable ways.
* The researcher is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow, School of lnternational
Relations and Strategic Studies, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India. This brief paper
captures the themes he discussed in a seminar in the Department of Politics and
International Studies, University of Warwick, UK, on 10th October, 2011. It draws on
his ongoing research on China and India including
seminars at Chatham House, London (28th September and 27th July 2011) and the
Contemporary India Study Centre, University of Aarhus, Denmark (20th September,
2011), and lectures (over 2008-2011) at the universities of Jadavpur and Calcutta
(India), Manchester (UK), and the Nordic Africa Institute (Sweden). His research
paper on globalization and China and India is available on
http://asiandrivers.open.ac.uk/resources.html His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are proud to announce that our conference will now be supported by the Davis Foundation Scholarship Fund for Chinese Studies in addition to the Wolfson South Asia Research Cluster!
Monday, 25 February 2013
Thursday, 14 February 2013
International Call for Papers
We invite academic papers and online contributions for an interdisciplinary academic workshop:
Juxtapose: Challenges of Comparative Research on Contemporary China and India
26 April 2013, Wolfson College, Oxford.
Abstracts must be submitted by March 14th 2013.
South Asia Research Cluster, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Yuge Ma (DPhil researcher, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford)
Danielle K.J. de Feo-Giet (DPhil researcher, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford)
Senior member: Professor Barbara Harriss-White, (Co-ordinator, Wolfson South Asia Research Cluster, University of Oxford)
Over the past 20 years, India and China have experienced rapid economic growth which has transformed their positions in the world, their view of themselves, and their impact on the planet.
However, with growth have come the burdens of development: environmental degradation, social and regional inequality, physical and mental health problems, mass migration, and grassroots riots. India and China tackle their similar challenges in very different ways, reflecting their contrasting political and social systems.
The fascinating tension created by the similarities and differences between the two has attracted a rich multi-disciplinary scholarship of Sino-Indian comparative work in recent years. Previous attempts at such comparative studies have suggested that what and how we compare depends heavily on theoretical approaches dominant in each country. These approaches however, are neither consistent nor cohesive, and given that the global reality is also diverse, it is surprising that we should expect them to be so.
How is this theoretical problem to be overcome? Could we form a better comparative framework to understand India and China in our changing world? And if so, then how? This workshop aims to develop a creative platform for the cutting edge of international scholars and practitioners to discuss ongoing and forthcoming comparative projects about these two emerging powers, their challenges and opportunities. To this end, this event will constitute a truly interdisciplinary approach bridging topics as diverse as popular culture and energy, environment, foreign policy, literature and health.
What is Juxtapose?
Juxtapose is devised simultaneously as a scholarly gathering, with guest speakers, an opportunity for in-person discussion and problem-solving scheduled over one day at Wolfson College, Oxford, and an online space at http://indiachinaresearch.blogspot.co.uk/ where contributions can be made by academics, policy-makers and other interested parties.
In an effort to dislodge the unevenness of access to conferences and events, Juxtapose places importance on the use of technology as a tool to bring thinkers together, despite geographical distances and economic constraints. Our ambition is to bring these two realms, the online and the physical, together as seamlessly as possible, and as interactively as possible. We invite international participants (or any who wish to) to give their papers through online conferencing like Skype and Google +, or filmed remarks, and we encourage the submission of presentations, essays or thoughts from a broad range of academic and practitioners and policy makers, as well as traditional academic papers. We aim to bring papers and works together in a printed or e- volume.
For the Conference at Wolfson College, Oxford:
Research papers are invited from faculty and research scholars with an abstract of 500 words latest by Monday March 14 2013 by e-mail to email@example.com. You will be informed if your your submission has been selected by March 25th.
The abstract should provide an outline of the main themes/questions and research method. Papers must be original work that takes a comparative approach to study of India and China today, and submissions that show a robust theoretical framework, are well substantiated, and display an ability to discuss methodological challenges in their study will be favoured.
The paper should have contemporary relevance, contribute to the existing body of knowledge, be framed with conceptual and analytical clarity, be presented in an academic style and in readable English. It should also contain appropriate and full references. Further, authors own the copyright of article only up to publication. Please make sure that your abstract includes the following: Title, name of the author, affiliation, complete contact details and a short author’s bio.
The article should be typewritten preferably in Arial font with 12 pt (English) and Kruti Dev font with 14 pt (Hindi) in MS-Word. In the case of all Chinese, Hindi, or other non-Roman language terms, the pronunciation should be given in Romanised form in brackets. For Chinese please use PinYin Romanisation. Further, the paper should be double spaced on A4 paper having margins of 1.5” on left side and 1” on the other three sides. Final paper should be 5,000 to 10,000 words.
Footnotes must be included for all quotations, following bibliography style. Footnotes should be presented in pt 9.
Bibliography of all referenced and source material at the end of the paper must provide complete information. Arrange references in alphabetical order by the last name of the author and then by his/her initials. The following style of reference may be strictly followed:
- In the case of a journal paper: Authors last name, initials, year of publication, name of the paper in quotation marks, name of the journal (italic), volume number, issue number and page numbers (p-p).
- In case of a Book: Authors or editors last name, initials, year of publication, title of the book (italic), name of publisher, place of publication and page numbers.
- In case of an essay / chapter in an edited book: Authors last name, initials, year of publication, name of the editor, title of the book (italic), name of publisher, place of publication and page numbers.
- In case of institution/Govt. report: full name of the institution/ministry, year of publication, place of publication.
- In case of other media: Films should be referenced as books in order of director name, and detailing production house. Please consult with the editors in the case of other media sources used.
For Juxtapose online:
Contributions of all kinds on the subject of China and India in comparison are invited from faculty, research scholars, policy-makers, and interested parties. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com with a proposal for more information and to be given full access. We will accept and post some academic papers online, so if you would like your academic paper to be considered for our online collection, please submit according to the criteria for the workshop, above.
About the Organisers
Yuge Ma (BA, Tsinghua University; MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Msc University of Oxford) and Danielle K.J. de Feo-Giet (BA, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; MA, Harvard University) are DPhil students at the University of Oxford who are conducting frontier comparative work on India and China.
Yuge’s DPhil thesis, supervised by Dr. Anna Lora-Wainwright and Prof. Barbara Harriss-White, explores how the different institutional environment and political system affect the relationship between state regulation and low carbon development of India and China.
Danielle’s research, under Dr. Margaret Hillenbrand and Prof. Rachel Dwyer (SOAS) focuses on how popular entertainment films in the two countries are reflecting and crafting changes in cultural identity as part of the substantial social transformation arising in the wake of economic reform.
Professor Barbara Harriss-White is co-ordinator of the South Asia Research Cluster (SARC), Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Widely published and an influential leader in her field, she co-organised the British Academy China-India Conference in 2010.
We would also like to extend special thanks to Dr. Margaret Hillenbrand, lecturer in Modern Chinese literature and fellow of Wadham College, Oxford for her guidance.
Authors of accepted papers will be invited to the workshop. The workshop will provide lunch and refreshments to all the registered participants free of charge. For invited participants coming from outside of Oxford area, the workshop will subsidise the domestic travel expenses and one night accommodation at Oxford. For international participants, the workshop will provide official documents to support visa application if required.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com