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  • Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy

    Director General
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    Sujan R. Chinoy is the Director General of the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, since 3 January 2019. A career diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service from 1981-2018, he was India’s Ambassador to Japan and the Republic of the Marshall Islands from 2015-2018, and earlier, the Ambassador to Mexico and High Commissioner to Belize.

    A specialist with over 25 years of experience on China, East Asia and the Asia-Pacific, he served in Indian Missions in Hong Kong and Beijing and as Consul General in Shanghai and Sydney. He also served as India’s representative to the First Committee at the United Nations in New York dealing with Disarmament & International Security Affairs  and in the Indian Mission in Riyadh. At Headquarters, in the Ministry of External Affairs, he served as Director (China) as well as Head of the Expert Group of Diplomatic & Military Officials tasked with CBMs and boundary-related issues with China.  He also served on the Americas Desk dealing with the USA and Canada, and as Officer on Special Duty in charge of press relations in the External Publicity Division. On deputation for four years with the National Security Council Secretariat under the Prime Minister’s Office, he worked on internal and external national security policy and anchored strategic dialogues with key interlocutors around the world.

    He is fluent in English, Chinese (Mandarin) and conversant in French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Arabic, Urdu and French-Creole. He also speaks Hindi and Gujarati. His long career includes extensive involvement in economic issues. He has contributed to Indian newspapers and journals, besides lecturing at numerous Govt. Institutions, think-tanks and universities in India and overseas.

    He schooled at the Rajkumar College (Rajkot), read English Literature at the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Vadodara, Gujarat, and gained his Master of Business Administration from Gujarat University in Ahmedabad. He has an advanced Diploma in Chinese (Mandarin) from the New Asia Yale-in-China Chinese Language Centre of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He was an Exchange Student at the Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka in 1978

    Addresses / Remarks

    Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy at Webinar hosted by the Embassy of India in Mexico on India-Mexico Relations
    National Security (Defence & Security Challenges posed by China and Pakistan)
    Welcome Remarks by Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy | 4th West Asia Conference
    Opening Remarks by Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy | 12th South Asia Conference

    Select Publications

    • There is a need to widely disseminate China’s insidious role as an illegal occupier of Kashmir’s territory, including its territorial grab in the trans-Karakoram tract, in order to raise public awareness of the issue – both in India and at the international level.

      November 13, 2020
      Special Feature
    • Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy’s Op-Ed piece ‘The forgotten fact of China-Occupied Kashmir’ has been published in ‘The Hindu’ on November 06, 2020.

      The anniversary of the Instrument of Accession in October is a reminder of China’s illegal territorial occupation, writes Amb. Chinoy.

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      November 06, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Director General Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy’s article ‘India and the Changing Dynamics of the Indo-Pacific’ has been published in the Asia Policy Journal on October 28, 2020.

      The essay examines issues relating to India’s unique geography, interests, and potential role in the Indo-Pacific region against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving geostrategic environment occasioned by the rise of China as an economic and military power.

      October 28, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy’s Op-ed ‘The Rise of The QUAD’ has been published in The Indian Express on October 22, 2020.

      The Quad Plus format should cater to the region’s economic needs, including infrastructure, connectivity, and capacity-building. Without generous alternatives, many countries would continue to be drawn to China, as moths to a flame, writes Amb. Chinoy.

      October 22, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Director General MP-IDSA, Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy’s article ‘India and the Post-COVID World’ has been published in Volume 32 of the Naval War College Journal.
      Multilateralism in a post-COVID 19 world provides a strategic opportunity for India to emerge as an independent pole, writes Amb. Chinoy.


      October 16, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Director General Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb Sujan R. Chinoy’s Paper ‘The Return of India's Stolen Heritage ‘has been published by Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation (SPMRF).

      The Government has paid special attention to retrieval of India's stolen artifacts, writes Amb. Chinoy.

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      September 28, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy’s Op-Ed piece ‘An Opening in the Impasse’ has been published in ‘The Indian Express’ on September 24, 2020.

      By adopting the path of peaceful negotiations that President Xi mentioned in his UN address, China stands to benefit from a much-needed image makeover at a time when it faces wide-spread opprobrium for its unilateralism, aggression and “wolf warrior diplomacy”, writes Amb. Chinoy.

      September 24, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Director General, Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy’s article ‘Seoul cannot continue to sit on the fence for long in the ongoing US-China tug-of-war’ has been published in The Indian Express on August 19, 2020.

      A top-notch economy like South Korea, regarded as a key potential alternative to China in global supply chains in telecom, digital and AI, can ill afford to procrastinate in taking a decision, writes Amb. Chinoy.

      August 19, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Director General Manohar Parrikar IDSA, Amb. Sujan R. Chinoy’s OP-Ed piece on Corporatisation of OFB Ordnance factories, titled ‘Lean, Mean Fighting Factory’, has been published in ‘The Economic Times’, on August 08, 2020.

      August 08, 2020
      IDSA News
    • Considering that the US, Japan, Australia and India are committed to working for a free, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific, it is time for India’s strategic partners to review their cartographic positions on India’s borders.

      July 03, 2020
      Policy Brief