China’s Approach towards Territorial Disputes: Lessons and Prospects

Sana Hashmi

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China’s territorial disputes have been a matter of debate since the 1950s. While China has amicably resolved boundary disputes with 12 out of 14 neighbouring countries, it is yet to resolve its boundary disputes with India and Bhutan as also its two martime disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea. Given that the prediction for the settlement of China’s remaining disputes is largely doubtful, this book investigates the reasons for differences in Chinese behaviour with India. China’s boundary dispute with India is a subject of deliberation and it remains to be seen whether China plans to devise its ‘boundary diplomacy’ with a country as huge and strong as India.

Sana Hashmi has been associated with Centre for Air Power Studies from 2011-2016. This book is an outcome of her project from 2013-2016 during her term as an Associate Fellow at the Centre. She completed her Masters from Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Afterwards, she joined the Chinese division of the Centre for East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and completed her MPhil. Her doctoral research is on China-Central Asia Relations. She has published several book chapters and articles in journals, magazines, and web portals.

List of Abbreviations xxiii
1. Defining Territories and Territorial Disputes in the Chinese Context
2. China’s Boundary Disputes: Mongolia, North Korea and USSR/Russia
3. China and Central Asia: Amicable Boundary Dispute Resolution
4. China’s Boundary With Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan: Resolved Disputes, Unresolved Troubles
5. China’s Boundary Dispute Resolution With Myanmar, Lao PDR and Vietnam
6. China’s Maritime Disputes in the South China and East China Seas
7. China and Bhutan: Prolonged Unresolved Boundary Dispute
8. China-India: Complex Dynamics of Boundary Dispute
9. China’s Diplomacy on ‘Boundary Disputes’:Lessons for India

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