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The Sino-Indian Crisis: Hindsight is 20/20?

Dr Jabin T. Jacob (Shiv Nadar University) and Prof. Steve Tsang (SOAS China Institute)

Date: 7 December 2020Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 7 December 2020Time: 2:30 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Panel Discussion

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This panel discussion examines how and why India under the Narendra Modi government got its China policy wrong. It will also explore why New Delhi might still not have it right.


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The Sino-Indian Crisis: Hindsight is 20/20?


  • Moderator: Dr Avinash Paliwal (SOAS South Asia Institute)
  • Dr Jabin T. Jacob (Shiv Nadar University)
  • Professor Steve Tsang (SOAS China Institute)

Avinash Paliwal

Dr Avinash Paliwal is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Deputy Director of the SOAS South Asia Institute. Previous to this he taught Defence Studies at King’s College London and was the Defence Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Regional Security Research Centre at King's. 

He specialises in foreign and security policy analysis with regional focus on South Asia, Afghanistan, and Myanmar. His book, My Enemy’s Enemy - India in Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion to the US Withdrawal, details India’s role in Afghanistan from the Soviet invasion to the US withdrawal. His current research is focused on India’s foreign policymaking processes towards Myanmar since Independence (1947).

He holds an MA and PhD in International Relations from King’s College London, and a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Delhi. Formerly a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University, Avinash worked as a foreign affairs journalist before entering academia.

Jabin Jacob

Dr Jabin T. Jacob is Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations & Governance Studies at the Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh, India and Adjunct Research Fellow at the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi. He was formerly Fellow and Assistant Director at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. Jacob holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University and has spent time as a student / researcher / faculty in Taiwan, France and Singapore. His latest work is a co-edited volume with Hoang The Anh titled, China’s Search for ‘National Rejuvenation’: Domestic and Foreign Policies under Xi Jinping released in June 2020. Some of his work can be found at

Steve Tsang

Professor Steve Tsang is Director of the SOAS China Institute, SOAS University of London. He is also an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College at Oxford, and an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

He previously served as the Head of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies and as Director of the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham. Before that he spent 29 years at Oxford University, where he earned his D.Phil. and worked as a Professorial Fellow, Dean, and Director of the Asian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College.

Professor Tsang regularly contributes to public debates on different aspects of issues related to the politics, history, foreign policy, security and development of the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and East Asia more generally. He is known in particular for introducing the concept of 'consultative Leninism' as an analytical framework to understand the structure and nature of politics in contemporary China. He has a broad area of research interest and has published extensively, including five single authored and thirteen collaborative books. His latest publication is an article ‘Party-state Realism: A Framework for Understanding China’s Approach to Foreign Policy’, in the Journal of Contemporary China, and he is starting a new project on ‘The Political Thought of Xi Jinping’.


This webinar will take place online via Zoom. After registering, a separate Zoom registration link will be emailed to you closer to the date of the webinar. Online Registration

* The webinar will also be live-streamed on the SOAS China Institute Facebook page for those that are unable to participate via Zoom.

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