The rise of China and India as major world powers promises to test the established global order in the coming decades.

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.


  • Introduction and Keynote Remarks

    January 10, 2013 Washington, D.C. Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Kurt Campbell

    As the United States undertakes its strategic rebalancing to the Asia Pacific, Chinese and Indian views are of particular importance to Washington.

  • The Changing Global Order

    January 10, 2013 Washington, D.C. Ashley J. Tellis, David Shambaugh, Frederic Grare

    China and India have flourished thanks to the existing economic and geopolitical international order, yet neither nation is fully content with the status quo.

  • Regional Security

    January 10, 2013 Washington, D.C. Xia Liping, Srikanth Kondapalli, Daniel Blumenthal

    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.

  • Space Security

    January 10, 2013 Washington, D.C. Shen Dingli, Bharath Gopalaswamy, Kevin Pollpeter

    Outer space opens the door to both competition and cooperation between nations.

  • The Search for Energy Security

    January 10, 2013 Washington, D.C. Zha Daojiong, Sunjoy Joshi, Sean Mirski

    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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