Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Prof. Srikanth Kondapalli's new book, "China's Military and India"

This book is a collection of essays written by academics, analysts and military personnel on analyzing the impact on India of the developments in China, specifically in the military field. As China`s material strength is increasing, its impact on the global and regional environments is clearly visible in the recent period. The near double-digit economic growth rates in China have been channelized into the near double digit growth in the defence allocations in the last two decades. This has resulted in major transformations in China`s strategic orientation, military structure, procurement patterns, personnel quality, logistics and extensive deployments across the country. These developments, specifically in the strategic domain of offensive orientation of the armed forces of China and their preparations, have led to concerns in Asia and beyond. 

Bilateral relations between India and China exhibit tensions in a number of areas including the unresolved territorial dispute, suspicion about each other`s strategic intentions and agenda in the regional and global context and, significantly, in the military postures and preparations across the border as well as in the regional context. This collection attempts to analyse and evaluate the implications of such military modernization efforts of China on India. The contributors to this volume have been engaged in operations/research/policy in the Indian establishment or think-tanks or academia on China`s military developments. By identifying possible areas of impact of China`s military on India, this collection provides a valuable guide to the policy and decision-makers, academics and journalists.

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