Association for Asia Scholars in collaboration with Cheena Bhavana and Visva Bharati organized the conference on 23rd November, 2013 at Shantiniketan
CHINA-INDIA: CHALLENGES TO THEIR GOOD NEIGHBOURLY RELATIONS
In the 21st century some of the most important issues in the global scenario are relationships amongst the emerging developing nations. In this milieu the Indo-Chinese relations are some of the most prominent issues in the Asian context. Tracing the historical roots of Indo-Chinese relations in modern times, the point of departure may be taken to be Gurudeva Rabindranath Tagore’s and Prof. Tan Yunshan’s endeavours to set up the centre of research and academics regarding cultural intercourse between India and China. Their efforts materialized in the setting up of the Cheena Bhavana on 14th April, 1937. Their aspiration was that Cheena Bhavana would be the academic bridge in Indo-Chinese cultural studies.
With these particular issues in mind the Association for Asia Scholars and the Cheena Bhavana and Visva Bharati faculty organized the joint conference on the above mentioned topic on 23rd November, 2013. Important issues like the Pakistan factor in the Indo-Chinese relations, similarly the Bangladesh, Nepal and the Tibet factor in the Indo-Chinese relations were discussed in details. Also the episode of Indo-Chinese border conflict was discussed with new viewpoints. In other words the scenario of China’s relation with the Indian subcontinent was analyzed in both historical and current perspectives. As such new dimensions for research were also opened up. In view of the burgeoning trade between India and China in recent years and also some thorny border issues these activities were extremely important. In other words knowing better any nation or community also helps better in solving the problems and tensions between them. Besides contributing to the lofty ideals of Gurudeva Rabindranath Tagore and Tan Yunshan, such activities also contribute to world peace. The discussions focused on the re assessment of the Indo-Chinese border conflict of 1962. Alongside the scope, prospect and range of Pakistan’s relations with China were also brought to light. Likewise China’s relations with Bangladesh and Nepal were also analyzed with some details. These discussions are extremely important regarding strategic studies in India. Such objective assessments of geopolitical issues in both historical and modern perspectives also inspired many future researchers towards Indo-Chinese studies. In this manner the necessity for strategic and historical research were also brought to the fore and it would be the endeavour of the faculty of Cheena Bhawan and AAS to undertake such academic pursuits in future.