India-China Luncheon Lectures – How China negotiates with India

How does Beijing manage its diplomatic differences with Delhi? The ECFR Asia Programme is delighted to invite you to our second webinar which is part of our virtual luncheon series dedicated to the future of India-China relations

, Berlin time (CEST, UTC+2)

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Vijay Gokhale, former Foreign secretary of India; former ambassador of India to China

Chaired by

Frédéric Grare, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

The ECFR Asia Programme is delighted to invite you to our online webinar which is part of our virtual luncheon series dedicated to the future of India-China relations.

The series of webinars will feature one prominent Indian speaker a month who will shed light on the various aspects of the Sino-Indian relationship and help to understand what the possible implications are for Europe’s growing engagement in the Indo-Pacific region. For this session, Ambassador Vijay Gokhale will discuss the diplomatic factors that are likely to influence the course of what is potentially the most structuring and impactful rivalry in Asia today.

How does China negotiate with India? A lot has been said and written about the many turbulences in the relationship between China and India. However, little is known about the ways the Chinese diplomacy manages the differences with Delhi. Vijay Gokhale will explore the dynamics of negotiation between the two countries, and identify the strategy and tools that China employs in its diplomatic negotiations with India, their significance, as well as the lessons learned for India and the larger international community in their current and future dealings with the country.

Vijay Gokhale is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie India and a distinguished visiting faculty at the Rashtriya Raksha University in Gujarat. He served as Foreign Secretary from January 2018 to January 2020. Prior to his term as foreign secretary, Mr Gokhale had served as India’s high commissioner to Malaysia from January 2010 to October 2013, as ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany from October 2013 to January 2016, and as ambassador of India to the People’s Republic of China from January 2016 to October 2017. He has served as head of the India-Taipei Association, in Taiwan, from July 2003 to January 2007.

The debate will be on the record and held in English. If you have any questions about this event, please contact [email protected].