POSTPONED – India & China: Must Asia’s Superpowers Clash? |

POSTPONED - India & China: Must Asia's Superpowers Clash?

Panel Discussion


Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a tense border stand-off, bringing the two nuclear-armed Asian nations closer to the armed conflict than at any point in decades. But the dispute, in a remote mountain pass close close to Bhutan, has also highlighted deteriorating relations between the countries more generally, against a backdrop of Asian instability created by a declining US presence under President Donald Trump. Hopes that China’s President Xi Jingping and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi would build closer economic ties have foundered, as India has objected to China’s growing ties with its longtime rival Pakistan, and continued to build closer ties with America, notably on Modi’s visit to Washington in June. China, meanwhile, has been sharply critical of India’s willingness to continue diplomatic relations with the Dalai Lama, and issued unusually stern statements in the early stages of the current Himalayan dispute. This event will ask two questions: first, how damaging is the current stand-off likely to be to relations between India and China; and second, are Asia’s two emerging superpowers destined to clash in future, as their economic, political and military might grows?

Prof Kanti Prasad Bajpai

Director, Centre on Asia and Globalisation and Wilmar Professor on Asian Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Prof Kanti Bajpai’s areas of interest include international security, Indian foreign policy and national security. He is currently working on a book on India-China relations.


Before coming to the LKY School, he was Professor of International Politics, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Professor in the Politics and International Relations of South Asia, Oxford University. From 2003 to 2009, he was Headmaster, The Doon School, India. He taught at the Maharajah Sayajirao University of Baroda, and has held visiting appointments at Wesleyan University, Columbia University, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has also held visiting appointments at the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace, Notre Dame University, the Brookings Institution, and the Australian Defence Force Academy. Most recently, he was Distinguished Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Kanti writes a regular column for the Times of India (New Delhi).

Mr Ravi Velloor

Associate Editor, The Straits Times

Mr Ravi Velloor is Associate Editor, The Straits Times and writes its Speaking of Asia and In Good Company columns. A 36-year veteran of the trade he was formerly the paper’s Foreign Editor and from 2005-2012, its South Asia bureau chief. Velloor’s book, India Rising: Fresh Hope, New Fears was launched by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong in April 2016.

Chair Person:

Mr James Crabtree, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Monday, 14 August 2017

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

We regret to inform you that the Panel Discussion has been postponed. We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience caused.

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