China-India Relations in the Contemporary World: Dynamics of national Identity and Interest, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

China-India Relations in the Contemporary World

Dynamics of national Identity and Interest, 1st Edition

By Yang Lu


142 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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As two Asian giants and rising power, the interactions between India and China have global significance. This book analyses the multifaceted and multi-layered character of Sino-Indian relations since the beginning of the 21st century in a period marked by cooperation and competition.

Positioned in a social constructivist framework that emphasizes mutual perceptions and socialization, the book draws analytical leverage from two core concepts – national identity and national interest – to form the basis of the research inquiry. The author argues that the dynamics of national identity and national interest play an important role in determining their relations and shows how and why in the current international structure, including a context of accelerated globalization, their national identities as rising power and emerging power coupled with national interest of economic development have defined and directed their international positions and foreign policy-making.

A unique approach to analysing Sino-Indian relations, this book is of interest to academics in the fields of Asian Politics and International Relations.

Table of Contents


1. Constructivist Conceptualization of National Interest and Identity

2. Historical Context

3. China-India Relations in the 21st Century

4. National Interest and Identity of China

5. National Interest and Identity of India

6. China’s India Policy

7. India’s China Policy

8. Conclusion

About the Author

Yang Lu is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of International Relations at Tsinghua University, China. Her research mainly focuses on South Asia and China, working on India-China relations, regional cooperation and sub-national movements in South Asia.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in South Asian Studies

South Asia, with its burgeoning, ethnically diverse population, soaring economies, and nuclear weapons, is an increasingly important region in the global context. The series, which builds on this complex, dynamic and volatile area, features innovative and original research on the region as a whole or on the countries. Its scope extends to scholarly works drawing on history, politics, development studies, sociology and economics of individual countries from the region as well those that take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the area as a whole or to a comparison of two or more countries from this region. In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the insights germane to area studies, as well as the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods. The series welcomes submissions from established authors in the field as well as from young authors who have recently completed their doctoral dissertations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General