Smart diplomacy: exploring China-India synergy, by P.S. Suryanarayana

Prashant Kumar Singh is Associate Fellow at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.
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  • January 2017
    Book Review

    In Smart Diplomacy: Exploring China-India Synergy, P.S. Suryanarayana has sought to answer the questions: ‘Will China and India live at peace with each other? Will they be able to overcome the deficit of trust between them? Will they be able to find amicable solutions to their disputes over their borders, Pakistan, Tibet, rivers, and trade, etc.?’ (p. iv). These questions, raised by Ambassador Tommy Koh in his foreword to the book, concern all those who want a stable and productive future for the two countries that Suryanarayana characterizes as the sunrise powers of the 21st century. Suryanarayana himself is optimistic about the future of the relations. His query whether the ‘Chinese Dream’ and India’s quest for its ‘rightful place’ (p. 274) in the world can complement each other, is a novel way of formulating the future of India–China relations.