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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 5: Fugitive Frames: Rewriting Research Peripheries
Fugitive Frames: Rewriting Research Peripheries
The transborder subregion is under intense research and policy gaze like never before. Domestic discourses in India and China are in the process of reconnecting Northeast India and Western China with their transnational neighbourhood. The discourse on border security has begun witnessing a certain broadening of scope to draw a direct correlation between issues of regional economic development and regional stability. These are resulting in a conscious move to frame security issues at least at the rhetorical level more in terms of a developmental discourse and less as a security one (Cui and Li 2011: 153). Consequently, Indian and Chinese assessments have seen distinct advantages in a policy of diplomatic accommodation in the region. There is ...