The stand-off between Chinese and Indian troops in the Doklam area officially ended on August 28. This followed two months of diplomatic lawfare between both governments, coupled with decidedly hostile rhetoric from their respective national media. Although China and India are experienced at managing small-scale military stand-offs in the region, the location of the Doklam stand-off—an area disputed by Bhutan and China—poses different questions and sets this dispute apart.
YCW Shanghai welcomes Dr. Shen Dingli, Professor and Associate Dean at Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies, to help decode the roots of this Himalayan stand-off and its potential implications for the India-China relationship going forward. The talk will be followed by a brief audience Q&A.
Shen Dingli is a professor and associate dean at Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies. He is also an Honorary Visiting Professor of Washington University in St. Louis. He has taught international security, China-US relations, China’s foreign and defense policy in China, the US and the “Semester at Sea” Program. His research and publications cover China-US security relations, regional security and international strategy, arms control and nonproliferation, foreign and defense policy of China and the US etc. He is Vice President of Chinese Association of South Asian Studies, Shanghai Association of International Strategic Studies, Shanghai Association of American Studies, Shanghai UN Research Association, and Shanghai Public Policy Research Association. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Fudan in 1989 and did post-doc in arms control at Princeton University from 1989-1991. He was an Eisenhower Fellow in 1996, and advised in 2002 the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for his strategic planning of the second term. He is on the Global Council of Asia Society, and is appointed by Shanghai Municipality and Hangzhou Municipality as both Shanghai Convention Ambassador and Hangzhou Convention Ambassador. He has co-edited 17 books and published over 2,000 papers and articles worldwide.