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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.
Chapter 3: Barriers to Bridges: Geoeconomic Text, Geopolitical Subtext
Barriers to Bridges: Geoeconomic Text, Geopolitical Subtext
Across the region, ‘sites of Asian interaction’ have been thickening in recent decades bringing to processes of regionalisation a diversity of institutional forms and actors (Harper and Amrith 2012). The ‘noodle bowl of Asian regionalism,’ as Paul Evans notes, may not be as ‘thick or rich as its spaghetti-bowl counterpart in Europe’ but in a post-Cold War setting, the ‘bowl has been filling quickly’ (Evans 2003: 14). State-led institution-building efforts from the top have grown visibly denser as is evident from the thicket of regional organisations that jostle for space today in Asia such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), ASEAN+3, ...