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India Turns EastInternational Engagement and US-China Rivalry$
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Frédéric Grare

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190859336

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190859336.001.0001

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The Evolution of the China Factor in India’s Foreign Policy

The Evolution of the China Factor in India’s Foreign Policy

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India Turns East

Frédéric Grare

Oxford University Press

Ongoing bilateral disputes and mistrust between Beijing and New Delhi, coupled with China’s growing economic, political and military role, have been important motivators behind India’s engagement with Asia. The relationship between the two countries involves territorial disputes, elements of rivalry for political dominance in Asia but also strong incentives for cooperation. Therefore, the Look East policy has been conceived as an attempt to not only balance and deter but also engage China. India seeks to create a virtuous circle by which engagement with India China will mitigate the consequences of the capacity gap between India and China and will provide India with the economic, military and political resources necessary to alter the Asian power structure in its favour.

Keywords:   Beijing and New Delhi, India Asia trade, India China relations, India Foreign Policy, Look East policy, Economic interdependence, Maritime competition, Indian Ocean, Military balance, Silk Road initiative

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