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The US Factor in Sino-Indian Relations: India's Fine Balancing

Dr. R. N. Das is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • Monograph No. 46

    In the narrative of India-China-US triangular relations, the United States occupies some degree of strategic space notwithstanding the fact that Sino-Indian relations, like Sino-US relations, or for that matter, Indo-US relations have their own dynamics and imperatives. The monograph seeks to determine the extent to which the US is a factor as an intervening variable in the complex relationship between the two countries. The study attempts to probe the research question as to how China perceives U.S policy towards India in particular, and whether growing Indo-US ties can affect China's security interest negatively. Related to this research question is how India is trying to calibrate its relationship with both USA and China, and how far India has been successful in this endeavour in the context of strategic distrust and security dilemma between both the countries.

    About the Author

    Rup Narayan Das was a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses for little over four years from June, 2010 to 31 August, 2014 on deputation from the Lok Sabha Secretariat, where currently he is a Director in the Research and Information Division of the legislature's secretariat. He holds Ph.D in Chinese studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His research papers, book reviews and articles have appeared, among others, in Harvard Asia Quarterly, China Report, International Studies, Strategic Analyses, Journal of Defence Studies, China Brief, Asia Times, Diplomat, besides most English dailies of India. His monograph on Sino-Indian Relations: A New Paradigm was earlier published by IDSA.

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