The Sino-Indian Strategic Rivalry and the United States


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When: May 4 2021 - 6:00pm until May 4 2021 - 7:30pm
Where: Zoom Webinar

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to the
Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Series:

 The Sino-Indian Strategic Rivalry and the United States


Dr. Manjeet S. Pardesi
Senior Lecturer, Political Science and International Relations Programme &
Asia Research Fellow, Centre for Strategic Studies,
Victoria University of Wellington

Dr. Xiaoyu Pu (Discussant)
Associate Professor of Political Science,
University of Nevada, Reno

Dr.  Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East-West Center in Washington

East-West Center in Washington · The Sino-Indian Strategic Rivalry and the United States

In his latest article for the Australian Journal of International Affairs, “Explaining the asymmetry in the Sino-Indian Strategic Rivalry”, Dr. Pardesi argues that while Chinese elites do not consider India a regional peer, a mindset that predates the countries’ material power asymmetry, they nonetheless view India as a rival as both vie for influence in each other’s traditional power spheres. China’s rise in the Indian Ocean region and India’s “Act East” strategy have led to increased tensions between the two countries. And trends in India’s and China’s respective relationships with the United States are also shaping and impacting Sino-Indian relations.

Dr. Pu elaborated on “status” in the context of the Sino-Indian relationship and how this relates to the themes outlined in Dr. Pardesi’s article and remarks.


Manjeet S. Pardesi is Senior Lecturer in the Political Science and International Relations Programme and Asia Research Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.  He obtained his PhD in Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington (IUB).  His research interests include international relations in global history, great power politics, strategic rivalries, Asian security, and Indian foreign policy.  He has an MSc in Strategic Studies from the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (now the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies or RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.  He obtained his BEng (Electrical & Electronic) from NTU as well.  He is currently the Managing Editor of the journal Asian Security (since June 2018). He is a co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of India’s National Security (Oxford, 2018) and India’s Military Modernization: Challenges and Prospects (Oxford, 2014).  His articles have appeared in European Journal of International Relations, Security Studies, Survival, Asian Security, Australian Journal of International Affairs, International Politics, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, International Studies Perspectives, Nonproliferation Review, Air & Space Power Journal (of the United States Air Force), The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, World Policy Journal, India Review, Defense and Security Analysis, and in several edited book volumes.

Xiaoyu Pu is an associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations (NCUSCR). Previously he was a non-resident senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue, a Stanton fellow at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Brazil, and a postdoctoral fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program. Pu is the author of Rebranding China: Contested Status Signaling in the Changing Global Order (The Studies in Asian Security Series, Stanford University Press, 2019). His research has appeared in International Security, International Affairs, The China Quarterly, and The Chinese Journal of International Politics. He is an editor of The Chinese Journal of International Politics and an editorial board member of Foreign Affairs Review (Beijing). Dr. Pu received his PhD from Ohio State University. 

Dr. Satu P. Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); and Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

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