Protracted Contest : Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Twentieth Century

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  • Copyright: 2001-05-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr
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Ever since the two ancient nations of India and China established modern states in the mid-20th century, they have been locked in a complex rivalry ranging across the South Asian region-a rivalry punctuated by numerous military confrontations and one outright war, frequent disagreements over national and international policies, and pervasive mutual suspicions. Despite some instances of co-operation, Sino-Indian relations have been characterised more by conflict than by friendship.Garver offers a scrupulous examination of the two countries' actions and policy decisions over the past 50 years. He has interviewed many of the key figures who have shaped this diplomatic history, and has combed through the public and private statements made by officials, as well as the extensive record of government documents and media reports. Combining this wealth of scholarship with his long-standing admiration for the two nations, Garver's analysis contrasts the firm realities of the Sino-Indian relationship with the murky layers of perception that inevitably colour diplomatic and geopolitical relations. He presents a thorough and compelling account of the rivalry between these powerful neighbours and its influence on the region and the larger world.The Protracted Contest will be a standard reference for historians and political scientists of India, China, and South Asia as well as government analysts around the world who specialise in issues affecting these countries.John W. Garver teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.Among his other books are Face Off: China, the United States, and Taiwan's Democratization and Foreign Relations of the People's Republic of China

Author Biography

John W. Garver teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments xi
Sino-Indian Relations: The Protracted Contest
The Tibetan Factor in Sino-Indian Relations
The Territorial Dispute
Sino-Indian Rivalry for Influence and Status among Developing Countries
Indian-Chinese Rivalry in Nepal
Sikkim and Bhutan
The Sino-Pakistani Entente Cordiale
Managing the Contradiction between Maintaining the Sino-Pakistani Entente and Furthering Sino-Indian Rapprochement
Burma: The Back Door to China
The Indian Ocean in Sino-Indian Relations
Nuclear Weapons and the Sino-Indian Relationship
Nuclear Weapons and the International Status of China and India
Prospects for a qualitative Change in PRC-ROI Relations
Notes 391(40)
Index 431

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