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Despite the compelling immediacy of a 4,056 km long border, it is intriguing that when we think of India and China, we typically think of Delhi and Beijing and not locations along the shared border. The book will engage with this interesting puzzle through a critical comparative analysis of India—China relations at the subregional level. It will locate the massive state-led developmental thrust that India's Northeast and China's western border regions are witnessing under the rubric of the Look East policy and the Western Development Strategy respectively.

As India and China reimagine their borders as bridges, what role will border regions play in the evolving foreign policy orientation? The book offers a new orientation to the study of India—China relations by bringing people back into the centre of these subregional conversations of change.

The book will be of primary interest to those working on international relations, border studies, comparative regionalism and India—China relations.

B/Ordering Spaces: Governing Multi-Ethnic Borderlands
B/Ordering spaces: Governing multi-ethnic borderlands

Order and stability have historically been the ‘frontier fetish’ of the state in India and China from the imperial era to the present. Effective consolidation over its distant frontiers tended to furrow brows of the political class then as now and consolidation of authority continues to remain a pressing political priority. Concerns over state building and assimilation have been at the core of the governance of multi-ethnic borderlands (Rossabi 2004). To be sure, there were tensions and contradictions in state building, as the state constantly sought to negotiate between the often-competing goals of assimilation and autonomy.1 The frontier was thus hardly a neutral site of intermingling where identities fused and overlapped. It was an arena marked ...

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