Chinese and Indian Policy Research Paper by Erick

A discussion on how the policy orientation of China and India differs from one another.
# 150009 | 2,421 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2011 | PH
Published on Jan 18, 2012 in History (Asian) , Political Science (Non-U.S.) , Asian Studies (General)

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This paper determines what influences the policy orientation of both China and India and how it might influence the future foreign policy of these two countries. The paper examines how although China may have risen as the second largest economy and the world while India is becoming a regional hegemon, both countries have a shared history of being an economic basket case which has influenced each country's current foreign policy orientation. The paper concludes that China, with its current effort to convert its economic might into political muscle without doubt will become a viable great power someday. It also contends that India, with its consensual polity may just become a great democracy that can rival or better than that of the United States.

Foreign Policy Criteria
Concept of Power
The Power of Economics

From the Paper:

"Knowing the power of economics, these two countries achieved their economic rise when they reoriented their foreign policy to stress on economic pragmatism. Economics drives everything and is critical in determining a country's strength. China's treatment of its new economic might is to convert it into a political muscle through its military build-up (Zhou, 2008, 176) which its growing economy is able to afford. At present, China is developing its first aircraft carrier to augment the weakness of its navy. This military initiative of China is worth noting because the build-up of an aircraft carrier has political implications. Aside from beefing up the capacity of its navy, an aircraft carrier is also a potent political tool in projecting a country's power beyond its border by enabling it to deploy troops anywhere in the world. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Desai Meghnad. "India and China: An essay in comparative political economy". Paper for IMF Conference on India/China. Delhi, November 2003.
  • Gwertzman, Bernard. "U.S. is One of the 'Central Pillars' of Indian Foreign Policy". Council on Foreign Relations. 2008. online. <> November 12, 2011.
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  • Malone, David M. "Hard questions: India wants to be a power in the region". The Economist online. <> November 12, 2011.

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