About the Book :
With structural policy inertia and bureaucratic delays in defence procurement and military modernisation, India has been facing the absence of tangible deterrence against China. Indian policy-makers are wary of China while at the same time acknowledge the fact that alliance or even long term strategic tango with US has enormous international costs. To avoid this quagmire situation, the book addresses the debate about the intense competition and occasional cooperation between India and China with a focus on Southeast Asian region. The competition between two nations has intensified for gaining market access and larger stakes in mineral and energy resources, to fuel respective economic growth and development. However, this economic trickledown effect has reached remote regions of South-eastern China and Northeast India, forcing the two countries to engage and cooperate with the countries of Southeast Asia. Conversely, with China's increasing assertive behaviour in its contiguous maritime zones i.e., East China Sea and South China Sea as well as US 'pivot' policy in Asia, the power configuration between India and China has been getting more complex. With these fruitful ploys, the book aims to assess the weightage of irritants like China's occupation of Tibet, Brahmaputra diversion, South China Sea and China's support to North-eastern insurgency and equates those with India's hosting of Tibetan refugees and Dalai Lama, proximity with US, interactions with Myanmar and role in multi-lateral institutions to decode the functional possibilities between the two nations. Highlighting varied tactical compulsions, it discusses how India and China are going to manage the myriad dimensions of strategic hedging, economic cooperation and tangible leverages to their advantage and whether it would translate into competition or cooperation.