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Does the Elephant Dance?Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy$
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David M. Malone

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199552023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199552023.001.0001

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The Sino–Indian Relationship

The Sino–Indian Relationship

Can Two Tigers Share a Mountain?

(p.129) 6 The Sino–Indian Relationship
Does the Elephant Dance?

David M. Malone

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses India’s relationship with China. It first sketches the history of the current and more recent relationship between the two countries and outlines the thematic issues on which they have agreed and disagreed. It then weighs the prospects for future conflict against the prospects for future cooperation. One conclusion arising from this narrative is that a deeper understanding of each other’s domestic compulsions and state-society relations would help identify and defuse potential sources of conflict before they get out of hand. Both countries have also done a creditable job of avoiding unwarranted antagonism and adventurism in their engagement with the other.

Keywords:   Indian foreign policy, India, China, state-society relations, domestic policy

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