Even as India and China celebrate the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic ties this year, tensions have escalated on the disputed border. In a virtual panel hosted by South Asian Voices on July 22, Managing Editor Akriti Vasudeva moderated a discussion with SAV contributors Antara Ghosal Singh, Tuneer Mukherjee, Pushan Das, Riaz Khokhar, and Stimson South Asia Program Research Assistant Zoe Jordan on the future trajectory of India-China relations. After a clash between Indian and Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley led to the first casualties on the border in several decades, the discussion examined how India-China economic, diplomatic, and strategic/military relations are likely to evolve in light of the crisis.

Watch their full discussion below. For more analysis on Sino-Indian economic, political, and security ties over the last seven decades, read our series “India-China: 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations.”


Pushan Das is Head of Forums at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in New Delhi. He tracks and analyses developments in Indian foreign and security policies. He is currently working on issues related to Indian military modernization. He is also the coordinator for the ORF-led Raisina Dialogue, India’s flagship conference of geopolitics and geo-economics hosted in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. He is also the co-editor of the annual defense handbook, The Defence Primer. He completed his Masters in International Security from the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex in 2014. His dissertation titled ‘Counter-insurgency: Population-centric Operations and the Military’ explored the role of civilian arms of the state (especially the criminal justice system) versus the military in counterinsurgency. He has previously worked as a Correspondent with the India Today Group.

Zoe Jordan is a Research Assistant with Stimson’s South Asia Program where she leads the Track II and Simulations project. Previously, she was a Yenching Scholar at Peking University, where she received her MA in China Studies (International Relations). Her research interests include China-South Asia relations, South Asian security, and nuclear issues.

Riaz Khokhar is a researcher at the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS), Islamabad. He was also an Asia Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, D.C., April through June 2019, where he explored Pakistan’s role in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy. His research areas are South Asian security and nuclear politics, and great power politics in the Indo-Pacific region. His analysis of these areas has featured in East-West Center’s Asia Pacific Issues and Asia-Pacific Bulletin, CISS Insight, The National Interest, South Asian Voices, and Newsweek Pakistan.

Tuneer Mukherjee is a researcher of Asian security and his current focus is on naval modernization in South Asia. Previously, he was a Junior Fellow with the Observer Research Foundation’s Maritime Policy Initiative in New Delhi, where he researched Indo-Pacific maritime security dynamics and the impact of artificial intelligence on naval operations. He has also been a researcher with the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C, where he tracked maritime disputes in the South China Sea. He completed the double-master’s program from the University of Warwick, UK and the School of International Service (American University), Washington D.C., in International Relations and Asian Security.

Antara Ghosal Singh is a Research Associate at the Delhi Policy Group (DPG). She graduated with a from master’s from Tsinghua University, School of Public Policy and Management, People’s Republic of China, is a mandarin speaker, and a recipient of the Chinese Government Scholarship (2013-14) and Taiwan Government Scholarship (2016-17). Her research interests are China-India-US relations, China in South Asia, and security dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region, among others. Apart from DPG, she has worked with leading Indian think-tanks like National Maritime Foundation, MP Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis, and media houses like The Times of India Group and  Deccan Chronicle Group. She has a list of national and international publications.

Akriti Vasudeva is a Research Analyst with the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center. Her research focuses on the United States-India-China strategic triangle, geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific, and Indian foreign policy. She is also the Managing Editor of South Asian Voices, an online magazine featuring analysis and commentary on the security, politics, and economics of the subcontinent. Previously, she was a journalist with two of India’s leading English-language dailies, The Indian Express and Hindustan Times. She has also held research positions at the Embassy of India in Washington, D.C. and the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, among others. She holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from George Washington University.


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