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Ever since the two ancient nations of India and China established modern states in the mid-20th century, they have been locked in a complex rivalry ranging across the South Asian region. Garver offers a scrupulous examination of the two countries’ actions and policy decisions over the past fifty years. He has interviewed many of the key figures who have shaped their diplomatic history and has combed through the public and private statements made by officials, as well as the extensive record of government documents and media reports. He presents a thorough and compelling account of the rivalry between these powerful neighbors and its influence on the region and the larger world.

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Editorial Reviews

India Weekly
A well-crafted and incisive study of Sino-Indian relationsin the past half-century and more.
Over the past 25 years, Carver (Georgia Institute of Technology) has spent much time in China and India engaged in a number of scholarly projects about these two countries. This book is based on his first- hand knowledge of the region, extensive interviews with key players in the area, government documents, media reports, and pubic and private statements made by officials. Carver examines the often-tense relations between China and India following their nearly-simultaneous establishment as independent nations over 50 years ago. Military conflicts are presented and discussed, as are the nonmilitary policies of the two rivaling nations, as each seeks to control this region of the world. The book is intended for historians, political scientists and government analysts concerned with China, India and South Asia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295980744
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

John W. Garver teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Among his other books are Face Off: China, the United States, and Taiwan's Democratization and Foregn Relations of the People's Republic of China.

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsSino-Indian Relations: The Protracted ContestThe Tibetan Factor in Sino-Indian RelationsThe Territorial DisputeSino-Indian Rivalry for Influence and Status among Developing CountriesIndian-Chinese Rivalry in NepalSikkim and BhutanThe Sino-Pakistani Entente CordialeManaging the Contradiction between Maintaining the SIno-Pakistani Entente and Furthering Sino-Indian RapprochementBurma: The Back Door to ChinaThe Indian Ocean in Sino-Indian RelationsNuclear Weapons and the Sino-Indian RelationshipNuclear Weapons and the International Status of China and IndiaProspects for a Qualitative Change in PRC-ROI RelationsNotesIndes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2003

    An Authoritative Account

    Well-written and informative, a must read for students and scholars of the region.

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