Explaining America’s Response to the Rise of China and India


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When: Sep 28 2016 - 2:30pm until Sep 28 2016 - 4:00pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

Explaining America’s Response to the Rise of China and India

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Manjeet Pardesi
Visiting Fellow,
East-West Center in Washington

Indian Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi's relationship has grown in recent years, presenting a delicate balancing act for the United States. Image: Flickr user Narendra Modi.

Why is the United States pursuing competitive strategies in response to the rise of China, while responding to the rise of India with cooperative strategies? Since any increase in power is likely to create new interests and opportunities, India’s goals and intentions may change in the future along with its growing power. Traditional explanations based on economic interdependence, variation in domestic regime-type, and the logic of balance of power cannot fully explain America’s different approaches to Asia’s rising powers. This seminar will provide an explanation of America’s response based on three factors – the structural context accompanying the rise of China and India, the type of change being sought by them, and the means being used by these rising powers in the pursuit of their goals. Thus understood, as the foremost rising power, China poses a military challenge to the United States as well as its dominant position in the international system. However, as a latecomer rising power, the United States finds it easier to accommodate India.

Manjeet S. Pardesi is an Asia Studies Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington DC and a Lecturer in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. His research interests include great power politics, Asian security, Indian foreign policy, and international relations in world history. He is a co-editor of India’s Military Modernization (Oxford University Press, 2014). His articles have appeared in Asian Security, Nonproliferation Review, Air & Space Power Journal (USAF), The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, World Policy Journal, India Review, Defense and Security Analysis, and in several edited book volumes.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang
Phone: 2023279755