The rise of China and India as major world powers promises to test the established global order in the coming decades. If history is any indication, Beijing, New Delhi, and Washington may all have different visions for this new international system. China and India’s many developmental similarities belie their deep strategic rivalry, which shapes their competing priorities on major global issues. As both states grow, their views on the international system will become increasingly relevant for their relationship, for the United States, and for the world as a whole.
Copies of two new reports were available at the event. Crux of Asia: China, India, and the Emerging Global Order edited by Ashley J. Tellis and Sean Mirski and Opportunities Unbound: Sustaining the Transformation in U.S.-Indian Relations by Ashley J. Tellis.
The South Asia Program is grateful for the MacArthur Foundation’s support of this conference.
As the United States undertakes its strategic rebalancing to the Asia Pacific, Chinese and Indian views are of particular importance to Washington.
China and India have flourished thanks to the existing economic and geopolitical international order, yet neither nation is fully content with the status quo.
China and India’s economic growth have provided both states with closer ties to their neighbors and an increased capacity to shape the region’s future.
Outer space opens the door to both competition and cooperation between nations.
The current global energy order may well be unsustainable as India and China continue to gain clout and influence across the region.
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