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A joint United Service Institution of India (USI) – Sichuan University, China Seminar was conducted at USI on 27-28 August 2019

A joint United Service Institution of India (USI) – Sichuan University, China seminar was conducted at USI on 27-28 August 2019.  The seminar was organised as a part of the joint project “Building Strategic Trust Between India & China” between the two institutions. The project will culminate into a book form. The participating authors/scholars writing various sections of the book presented their perspective at the seminar. Some of the contributing authors were not able to attend the seminar, their respective perspective were presented by selected members from the teams.

A joint United Service Institution of India (USI) – Sichuan University, China seminar was conducted at USI on 27-28 August 2019.  The seminar was organised as a part of the joint project “Building Strategic Trust Between India & China” between the two institutions. The project will culminate into a book form. The participating authors/scholars writing various sections of the book presented their perspective at the seminar. Some of the contributing authors were not able to attend the seminar, their respective perspective were presented by selected members from the teams.

The welcome remarks were made by Lt Gen PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd), Director USI, which was follow by opening remarks by Prof (Mrs) Qiu Yonghui, Director, Centre for South Asia Studies, Sichuan University. The two day seminar was divided into two sessions on each day. Two topics were discussed in the first session, and subsequently three topics were discussed in the second session. The following topics were discussed during the seminar:-

  1. Asian Century
  2. Border Dispute
  3. Tibet Dilemma
  4. Water Issue
  5. Enhancing Economic Cooperation
  6. Pakistan factor in Sino-Indian Relations
  7. US Factor in Sino-Indian Relations
  8. Strategic Competition & Cooperation in South Asia
  9. Indian Ocean: Challenges and Prospects for Transformation as a Zone of Peace and Prosperity
  10. China-India Cooperation for Global Governance

 

The authors from India and China who are contributing articles for the book are as followings:

Indian Authors:

  1. Ambassador Sanjay Singh, IFS (Retd),
  2. Lt Gen PR Kumar PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd),
  3. Shri Claude Arpi,
  4. Shri TCA Srinivasa Raghavan,
  5. Ambassador TCA Raghavan, IFS (Retd),
  6. Ambassador Nalin Surie, IFS (Retd),
  7. Maj Gen Rajiv Narayanan, AVSM, VSM (Retd), Distinguished Fellow, USI,
  8. Uttam Kumar Sinha, Research Fellow, IDSA,
  9. Vice Adm Satish Soni, PVSM, AVSM, NM (Retd),
  10. Ambassador Asoke Mukerji, IFS (Retd)

The Chinese Authors are as follows:

  1. Prof (Mrs) Qiu Yonghui,
  2. Prof Lin Minwang,
  3. Prof Huang Yunsong,
  4. Dr (Ms) Li Li,
  5. Dr Ran Jie,
  6. Prof Shen Dingli,
  7. Prof Dai Yonghong,
  8. Dr Zeng Xiangyu ,
  9. Prof Zhang Li,
  10. Prof Zhang Jiadong

The entire discussions were based on Chatham House rules that led to a very healthy and frank exchange of views. These covered each paper based on contemporary geo-political and geo-strategic realities.  Closing Remarks were given by Lt Gen PK Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd) and Prof (Mrs) Qiu Yonghui. The two sides expressed hope for similar collaborations in future covering other strategically important issues.

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