Building the basis for India–China cooperation

Chinese vice president Li Yuanchao chats with Indian vice president Mohammad Hamid Ansari prior to their meeting in New Delhi, India, 6 November 2015. Chinese vice president Li Yuanchao is in India on a state visit to strengthen the political and bilateral ties between the two countries. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Sana Hashmi, Centre for Air Power Studies

Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao paid a high-profile visit to India from 3–7 November 2015. This was the first time that a Chinese Vice President had paid a state visit to India. The visit followed two other high profile events: Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India in September 2014 and Read more…

The political economy of land grabs in China and India

A farmer makes his way back home in the village of Wuwei, Anhui Province,  July 2002.  A full 20 years after the late patriarch Deng Xiaoping pushed through the decollectivisation of China's countryside, farmers in the rural reform laboratory of Anhui province say working the land alone is not enough for them to survive.    (Photo: AAP).

Author: Lynette H. Ong, University of Toronto

Behind the impressive growth of the world’s two largest emerging nations, China and India, land has been a key infrastructural resource as well as a major source of social conflicts. Laws in both countries have allowed the governments to take land away from agricultural communities for industrialisation and development, while offering little compensation or no resettlement alternative in return. Read more…

Modi’s TPP-springboard to economic reform

U.S. President Barack Obama, right and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi interact during the India-U.S business summit in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Soyen Park, Korea University

The conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in early October 2015 has marked another substantive milestone in the global trade order. Rising doubts over domestic ratification aside, the world is keeping a wary eye open as it tries to grasp how the TPP will affect other ongoing free trade agreements (FTAs) and multilateral trade talks. Read more…

India’s TPP dilemma

Indian workers work on a construction site on the outskirts of New Delhi on March 9, 2015. India's government has announced an $11.3-billion increase in spending on roads, rail and other infrastructure (Photo: AAP).

Author: Geethanjali Nataraj, Observer Research Foundation

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that was agreed to on 5 October 2015 covers almost a third of world trade and 40 per cent of global GDP. By not being part of the TPP, India risks losing out. According to a Center on Global Trade and Investment study, India’s nominal GDP is likely to be trimmed by more than 1 per cent as a result of trade and investment diversion caused by the TPP. Read more…

The return of India’s irrational exuberance

Indian labourers rest as others attend to their daily chores early morning in the Spice Market in New Delhi, India, Thursday, 15 October 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Ranjit Goswami, RK University

There has been a saying in India of late: ‘India never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity’. This is in stark contrast to the Chinese aphorism that President Xi Jinping referred to while addressing the British parliament in October: ‘An opportunity missed is an opportunity lost’. No one would deny that India has great potential. Read more…

Can India make it without manufacturing?

Indian labourers work at a brick manufacturing unit on the outskirts of Hyderabad on 2 March 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

There’s one school of thought in Indian academic and policy circles that India represents a completely new model of development on the way to prosperity. India, it’s claimed, will be a services-led growth model, built on the spectacular international success of its IT hub in Bangalore, and its supply of English-literate back office services to the world. Read more…

Modi’s mantra to ‘Make in India’

The words 'Make in India' are seen on a video wall as part of the campaign 'Make in India' which promotes the exhibition's partner country India at the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair in Hanover, Germany, 13 April 2015. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Anthony P. D’Costa, University of Melbourne

Every nation deserves a visionary leader, from whom its citizens can expect real results. India has had its share of visionary leaders. Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, to name two, held views on the economy that were not only diametrically opposite but also influential in shaping the trajectory of Indian political and economic independence. Read more…