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Monday, 18 November 2013 16:49

BRICS and the China-India construct: a new world order in making?

Written by Jagannath P. Panda

Academics and policy experts across the world are trying to comprehend the various dynamics of BRICS, a relatively new arrival on the global scene, and the contours that are attached to this multilateral grouping. Among the attractions that BRICS holds is the construct of China- India, two of the most populous societies and attractive economies of the world.

Given the dynamism that the two Asian countries hold in world politics today, their bilateral ties always merit policy debate and academic attention. However, to what extent the two countries accommodate each other’s strategic interests in a rapidly emerging multipolar global order and in various emerging politics have not received adequate scholarly attention. Literature on BRICS and various facets of its politics is only emerging: not much of it exists currently.

This monograph from the The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) "BRICS and the China-India Construct: A New World Order in Making?" portrays to understand and contribute to the strategic analyses of foreign, security and economic policy issues that are attached to the rise of BRICS. This is not only a study about BRICS per se; but is also about China and India, the two most vital powers of this grouping.

An attempt is made to scrutinize, evaluate and understand the discourse of BRICS and China’s multilateral drive with regard to the BRICS grouping. This study has been written in the Indian context, and has tried to delve into the China-India course within BRICS.

In brief, this study explores the rise of BRICS in the context of emerging powers or the developing world’s dialogue, particularly of China and India, while contextualising the complexity of mutual settings of these two countries. Whether BRICS can produce any constructive result in favour of the South will depend heavily upon the rational and foreign policy conduct of these two eminent neighbouring countries of Asia.

The study is essentially structured in three stages.

First, it brings out a theoretical and conceptual dialogue about the rise of BRICS, and places it in the context of the emerging powers, to distinguish the exclusivity of the rise of BRICS and China.

The second part scrutinises exclusively, China’s approach to the entity of BRICS. It argues that China sees the rise of BRICS as an opportunity in the context of cross-continental politics as well as in China’s broader global aims and foreign policy objectives.

The third and final part discusses India’s approach to BRICS in the context of China-India relations, future of BRICS, and policy imperatives for India.

Click here to download the report, 126 pages[PDF] from IDSA.

This monograph is published by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA).

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