Xi Jinping’s Chinese Dream: Foreign Policy, Politics and Development

Editors: Madhu Bhalla | Sanjeev Kumar

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The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (Party Congress) held in November 2012 in Beijing not only witnessed a transition to the fifth generation of leadership and brought Xi Jinping to power but is also considered a major turning point in Chinese polity. The policies announced at the Congress were stamped by Xi Jinping’s imprimatur of the Chinese Dream. The notion of the Chinese Dream has been dynamic, with additions to the initial definition in response to new challenges facing the country.

A decade later, the 20th Party Congress in 2022 highlighted a ‘new era’ of Chinese politics and power woven into an ideological and developmental model for the world and, as expected, extended a third term to Xi Jinping. In this context, the book by Indian experts comprehensively analyses the narrative of success as well as risks and challenges facing China in various fields.

Part I of this book consists of six chapters dealing with foreign policy, multilateralism and security issues in the ‘new era’. Part II of the book comprises of five chapters and analyses various facets of domestic politics, including the policies and ideology of the CPC, economic reforms, China’s policy in its minority regions and the media. Part III of the book focuses on economic and developmental aspects, including the Chinese economic dream, global supply chain issues, environment, energy and social construction.

Editors: Madhu Bhalla | Sanjeev Kumar

Madhu Bhalla was a Professor in Chinese Studies at the Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University. She has an MA and PhD from Queen’s University, Canada. She has held teaching positions at Delhi University, the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Queens’ University, Canada. She has held a visiting fellowship at the Fudan University, Shanghai and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Sichuan at Chengdu. She is currently a member of the International Research Committee at the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, a member of the Governing Board of the School of Transnational Studies, Delhi University and editor of the India Quarterly, ICWA. Her most recent publications are, “The China Factor in India’s Economic Diplomacy”, in Malancha Chakrabarty and Navdeep Suri, eds, A 2030 Vision for India’s Economic Diplomacy. (New Delhi: ORF and Global Policy Journal, 2021), with Rama Nath Jha, “India: corruption and the response to it.” In Mark Pieth and Tina Søreide, eds. Elgar Concise Encyclopedia of Corruption Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2023) and an edited volume titled, Culture as Power: Buddhist Heritage and the Indo-Japanese Dialogue, (Routledge, New York and Oxon, 2021.)

Dr Sanjeev Kumar is a Senior Research Fellow at the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. He has been a Member and Coordinator of ICWA’s Core Group on China, and a Member of VIF’s China Experts Group. His research interests include the domestic dynamics of China, India-China relations, and China’s foreign and neighbourhood policy. Dr. Kumar has published research papers in reputed journals and contributed chapters in volumes published in India, China, and the US. His recent edited publications include China’s BRI in Different Regions of the World: Cooperation, Contradictions and Concerns (KW and Routledge). Dr Kumar has been a Visiting Fellow at the SIS, Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He was selected for the Visiting Program for Young Sinologists 2016 in Beijing. He has been a Referee for journals and External Examiner for over 20 M.Phil and PhD theses. He is a recipient of the ASIA Fellows Award and has conducted field research in Shaanxi, Anhui, and Zhejiang provinces of China. He regularly participates in Track 1.5 and 2 dialogues associated with multilateral institutions as well as various academic and policy dialogues with Chinese think-tanks.


Tables, Figures and Maps

PART I: Foreign Policy and Security

1. China’s Diplomacy under Xi Jinping
Madhu Bhalla

2. Reforms in the People’s Liberation Army: A Status Check
S.L. Narasimhan

3. China’s Nuclear Developments, 2013-2022: New Capabilities, New Debates, New Implications for the New Era
Manpreet Sethi

4. China’s New Multilateralism: Claims for a New Global Order
Madhu Bhalla

5. China in Asia: Emerging Dynamics under Xi Jinping
Anamika Singh

6. The Ontology of the Belt and Road Initiative: Chinese Perspectives
Prashant Kaushik

PART II: Domestic Politics

7. Back to the Roots: The Communist Party of China in a New Era
Bhim B. Subba

8. China’s Economic Reforms: New Normal and New Transitions in the New Era
Sanjeev Kumar

9. China’s Tibet Policy between the 18th and 19th Party Congress
Jayadeva Ranade

10. China’s Tibet Policy between the 19th and 20th Party Congress
Tsewang Mingure and Tashi Dhondup

11. The Weaponisation of the Media under Xi Jinping
Gunjan Singh

PART III: Economy and Development

12. The Chinese Economic Dream and the Triple Challenge of Trade War, COVID-19 and Deglobalisation
Priyanka Pandit

13. Connecting the Dots in the Global Supply Chain: The Geostrategic Reality for the Indo-Pacific
Trithesh Nandan

14. China’s Environment and Energy Performance under Xi Jinping
Avinash Godbole

15. The Path of China’s Rejuvenation: Social Construction since the 18th Party Congress
Geeta Kochhar

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